Ignite

Ignite

Vahida is out at a work dinner tonight which leaves me all alone for today’s shot. I decided to try something that I had done in the past and was successful at – macro matches at the point when they ignite. When the phosphorus in the match ignites it bursts and gives off a good deal of light. Each time you light it though, the way is bursts is different. I find this interesting because there is no two shots alike – no matter how hard you try to duplicate it.

For this shot, I had to first find a way to get the match secure and standing up. This is where some clamps and my trusty Leatherman came in. At first I just clamped the Leatherman to the side of the side table and because it was on a slight angle, I hoped the weight of it all would hold the match but after a lit match hit the floor, I decided I should play it safe and put another clamp around the entire rig to hold things tight. From there, it was just a matter of using the remote triggers to burst the camera and then using a lit match, lite things up and fire away. To get this macro, I had to use some extension tubes with my 24-70mm lens. The end result put the lens pretty close to the match and I had to remove the lens hood to ensure I didn’t burn it.

I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Canon 24-70 F4 L lens on extension tubes at 70mm, shooting at 1/60, F7.1, with an ISO setting of 100. Today was flipping winding today and rained a lot. My balcony got reorganized a bit.

The rig

The rig

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