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  #77 Science fiction, science fact
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Point of Ignition       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       3rd place, 123 points
4s, f7.1, ISO 100, 80mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Duplicate image, adjust top layer to black, cut centre to vignette bottom edge, resize.       Extra Info: Science fact: I needed to burn about a dozen matchsticks to finally get this shot. Change of State: Relatively stable inert solid carbon molecule (wood) to oxidized carbon gas (carbon dioxide).

Earth Hour, starts at 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010. www.earthhour.org
 
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Jade O.
Mar 30, 2010
    Thank you each for your votes and comments. With many fine match shots in this Challenge (many with better resolution and sharpness than this one) I feel fortunate to have done this well.

Mepo
Mar 30, 2010
    Jade - Congrats - Love the photo. And thanks also for the details; it's nice to learn from these super shots. I'm happy I nailed your position as well as your ID LOL

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Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Billy, I confess I prefer the other two matchsticks for clarity of resolution. Some other test shots were sharper but given the camera and tripod were fixed, I expect I may have failed to reset the focus after changing matches.

dodrizzt
Mar 29, 2010
    Another beautiful match pic, not so sharp but here I like a lot the smoke shape, that gives a very nice, symmmetric composition. TT, well done

Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Thanks, Brett. The light has a slightly blown highlight on the stick edge (hand held flash) but it is the flash which really gave definition to the smoke (I think the colour in the smoke came from the match flame itself (reflected?) but I'm not sure. For any science types who might have the answser, I'd like to know whether the coloured smoke is reflected light (eg. rainbow type refraction) or is part of the combustion process - burning gases).

Brett
Mar 29, 2010
    The smoke on this one is beautifully caught. The light on the match helps make this pic. Did I say I loved the smoke!

Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Edward48 Great photo minds think alike???

Edward48
Mar 29, 2010
    There are an awful lot of fire pics in this challenge, but for me this is the best of them. An excellent shot.

Jade O.
Mar 29, 2010
    Alberto, Thanks - you've noted all the elements I tried hard to achieve.

Mepo, the clue to your ID'ing of the shooter must be in the info or PP?? The technique used was set up tripod, fix unlit match at proper distance from lens, and manual focus, turn out electric lighting except for small ambient light, set timer, cover lens manually, strike second match, trigger shutter, light stationary match, pull second match out of frame and uncover lens as soon as secondary match is out of frame, manually trigger separate flash unit off to side, cover lens. (You can imagine how handy a third hand is! However, I did do this solo but how I did it, well, you'll have to guess!) The downdraft produced the smoke trail. Haven't figured out why there was a down draft though. It took about six tries with a dozen matches so when I got this I quit.

Lo Thank-you - it was that puff of smoke that I was after.

Old Finn. I'm honoured with your top pick. Thank-you!

Franz07 That pun you fired hit the target!

elliott, thanks. It was an experiment in technique that worked!

boar76
Mar 29, 2010
    ...Balanced,well composed,good lights....In a nutshell my 2 placed!

Mepo
Mar 28, 2010
    Super image. I envy you your smoke - you must have an aerobatic licence to produce those patterns ;-) I had the same basic idea but found that a much higher speed cut out most of the blown area around the point of ignition. How did you ignite the match?

Lo
Mar 28, 2010
    This is beautifully captured. I like the pattern made by the smoke. It really adds interest.

Old Finn
Mar 28, 2010
    Suits to the topic and you got nicely the smoke wisp visible.
My first choice.

Franz07
Mar 26, 2010
    Great idea. A perfect "match" on the theme! Those wads of smoke are amazing!

elliott
Mar 26, 2010
    good job on this.
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