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Posted: Sat, 4th Dec 2010, 9:14pm

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Helge

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Hi everyone,

well, originally I planned to get some programing done this afternoon. Things didn't go as planned and so I found myself playing around with some candles instead. If you are in need of an incredible HOT photo model - a flame might perfectly fit the job description!

Please find the results down below:







(All pictures have been taken using the Canon 550D + Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro)

Thanks for taking the time!

Have a great weekend!
Helge
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2010, 12:39am

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Those are so sharp! Nice.
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2010, 1:48am

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Those are awesome, thanks for sharing smile
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2010, 3:19am

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These are awesome! very nice pics.sd
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2010, 4:43am

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Great pics. They look awesome indeed.
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2010, 9:55pm

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Thanks for your comments. I'm really glad you liked the photos. I always had fun with macro photography - and as the winter might shorten my supply on insects and flowers, this might be something worth looking into a little further smile

Thanks and have a nice evening,
Helge
Posted: Mon, 6th Dec 2010, 9:36am

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Very nice! Inspired idea.
Posted: Mon, 6th Dec 2010, 4:44pm

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Incredible photo's! My favourite is the second one- it looks so surreal. Good job on those!
Posted: Tue, 7th Dec 2010, 9:41am

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Simon K Jones

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Helge wrote:

This looks like a matte painting for a sci-fi/fantasy film. Castle on a rocky outcrop under an aurorean sky, with some kind of atmospheric bubble over it, anyone?

Brilliant.
Posted: Wed, 8th Dec 2010, 11:02am

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Helge

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Hi and thx again smile

This is something that really fascinates me about these mini flames: On the one hand the photos look quite surreal and on the other hand they can be somewhat 'landscape like'.

I really like the "castle on a rocky outcrop" association. Quite a few test images I did fall into the same category.

If I find the time, I'll do some experiments with different types of wax and wicks tonight.

cu,
Helge
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2010, 9:54pm

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Hi there,

yesterday I melted some very cheap tealights. As before, I used a toothpick instead of a 'real' wick.



The wax from those tealights seems to have an interesting effect on the flames. It is quite hard to get the clear blue flame which could be seen on the first photos. Instead, there is always some red glow surrounding the blue part.





I'm still looking for a way to get more control over the flames color and form. But this red halo thing is something that might prove useful in future experiments.

cu,
Helge
Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2010, 10:20pm

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Good evening everyone,

today's update is a little different. When experimenting with my macro/mini flames I noticed that strange things happen if you put a piece of solder wire into the center of a flame. As this does not work every time and the outcome is kind of random it took me several nights to get the result I was looking for (and still - there is much to improve ...).

Because of this, the below images are only frames of a video I took. If you have a look at the video at youtube you will know why this had to be captured in motion smile

So, here are the 'photos': (chronological order)









and here is the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=285PPvpmFI8

Have a nice evening,
Helge
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2010, 9:32am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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That was a very fascinating video! It looked like a very tiny explosion filmed in slow motion. This can lead to very interesting compositing ideas. Many thanks for showing us this. smile
Posted: Fri, 17th Dec 2010, 9:30pm

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Helge

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Thanks! That's an interesting idea. Maybe I'll find more things like this. I'll keep you posted:-)
Posted: Tue, 21st Dec 2010, 1:12pm

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These last series of shots are just as great as the first- it looks almost like a timeline of an explosion, espeically the second from the bottom.

My favourite is still thefirst set you posted at the top- i had in my mind exactly what Tarn said- it does look like a castle- a bit like Lindisfarne :



Just a little bit biggrin

It'll be great to see what you can do when the weather brightens a bit!
Posted: Tue, 21st Dec 2010, 3:06pm

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Helge

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Thanks smile Looking at the photo of Lindisfarne I have to admit that there is quite some similarity. Lets hope it isn't inflammable that easily.

Regarding the weather: I sure hope it brightens (at least) a bit. Right now the snow seems to be melting and as I'll be crossing Germany by train to get home for Christmas on Friday I really can't complain about that fact smile
I guess I've never been the biggest friend of winter...
Posted: Fri, 31st Dec 2010, 12:23pm

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FXhomer82347

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These photos are really cool. I like the soldering wire and the toothpick a lot! Awesome effect, like some kind of explosion or cauliflower from hell. Nice work. Also thank you very much for the link for the sigma and tamron 180mm, I really appreciate the help biggrin
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jan 2011, 10:12pm

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Helge

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Thanks 82347 - cauliflower from hell that's one fitting description. I really like that one smile