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fire and ice camera

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.


Herman Hesse




Our Daily Challenge: sparkling




the geek behind the curtain: setting camera on fire, stage 2.


after setting this camera on fire a couple weeks ago, i found a bowl and froze it in about 2 inches of water. in the vision i had of it i wanted the water halfway up the lens. i managed to do that, but the bowl was so small the ice block was not very impressive, so when i took the shot i ended up pouring another bowl full of ice into a little mound beneath it.


thanks again to Paul A. Carter for the donation of the broken camera, and thanks also to the "anonymous" writer who suggested a few "tricks" to get the camera itself to catch fire so i wouldn't have to stuff paper under and behind it again.


was really tired when i posted this (long week), so i had to go through my PSD file to reconstruct what i did here. i think its actually 2 shots on a tripod blended together -- one that's of camera and fire and dark background, and another that brings the ice forward more brightly. the digital enhancement is mainly in painting in sparks and bokeh-like circles in the upper background. i did try pouring glitter on the flaming camera to create this effect naturally, and you can see the glitter on the ice and on the camera, but i don't know enough about lighting to have caught any of the glitter as it was falling.


this is lit by a flashlight and a bit of ambient light from a street lamp. the whole thing is on an old metal magnetic board. i also used a 3-inch high "toy" tripod.

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Taken on March 16, 2012