Week30 – Playing with Fire


23-29 July ’11

I’ve been in a bit of a photographic slump the last few weeks.  Maybe a touch of the winter blues.  I just seem to have lost the excitement I usually feel for taking pictures, and seeing what I’ve got once I get to the processing stage.  It was this mid-winter lack of interest that caused the demise of my 365 project last year.  It took me most of the week to get around to processing these shots. Meh, I’m sure this funk will pass.  Just have to keep plugging on and wait for spring. I’ve finally got my zoom lens back from the repair shop, so maybe this will give the injection of enthusiasm I need.

This weekend we made for Mangaweka – middle of the school holidays, no rugby, no other commitments.  Trev collected the kidlets early on Friday morning, the Lovely Man and I traveled up after work.

Fire light

The children have small pot-belly stove in the garden that they are allowed to light and use to cook snacks.  They seem to have learned a healthy respect for fire, whilst learning how to control it and put its power to good use.  Handy skills to have, and ones that many kids probably miss out on.  Later in the evening the opportunity arose to play around with some longer, night-time exposures.  Light writing using a glowing stick, Billy had loads of fun making squiggles in the darkness.  I hadn’t taken my tripod with me, so I rested the camera on the back of a chair for stability.

Drawing with light

Cat found herself a stick to light, too.  It needed a little extra oxygen to get it glowing.

Cat in the stars

F-stop                   f/1.8
Exp time              1/60sec
ISO speed           ISO-800
Focal length     50mm

The low light made this a very noisy image.  I liked the starry/sand effect, so I pushed it further.  I’m pleased with the results.

Lighting a Fire

The middle of a damp winter is the safest time for a bonfire.  We had a pile of prunings and clippings from various garden tidy-up projects to dispose of.  The Lovely Man will take any excuse to have  a play on Oliver the li’l’ bulldozer.  He pushed all the old branches and bamboo in to a heap for burning.

Building a fire

 

Jake is a bit of a fire bug, so between them they got the heap burning.

Lighting a fire

Hmmm…. wet material makes for smokey fire.

Smoke signals

Is anyone getting tired of collages?  🙂

Volcano Activity

The fire burned all day, and was still glowing after dark.

Mt Mangaweka - lava flo?

F-stop                       f/3.8
Exposure time      1/5sec
ISO speed               ISO-400
Focal length         18mm

A poke with a stick created an interesting spectacle.

Volcanic activity

F-stop                      f/4.5
Exposure time     1/60sec
ISO Speed              ISO-400
Focal length         34mm

A Promise

Nature’s promise that the warmer months are coming

Hope springs eternal

F-stop                        f/1.3
Exposure time      1/125sec
ISO speed                ISO-200
Focal length          86mm


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