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100 matchsticks later and I got it!

100 matchsticks later and I got it!
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7 Comments | Report
nanetteankerlarsen
 
nanetteankerlarsen May 14, 2016
Beautiful
ladysnaps
ladysnaps May 30, 2016
Thank you!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 28, 2016
Wow! Amazing!
ladysnaps
ladysnaps June 29, 2016
Thanks!
SujitBhosaleCJ
 
SujitBhosaleCJ August 08, 2016
Awesome
ladysnaps
ladysnaps August 31, 2016
Thank you so much!
Oksana_Bo
 
Oksana_Bo January 23, 2018
Incredible!
anz200
 
anz200 April 27, 2018
nice
isilvaphoto
 
isilvaphoto October 11, 2018
Beautiful picture
Safetygal PRO
 
Safetygal February 10, 2019
Awesome capture!!! I recently created a photo challenge that I think you should totally submit this to - viewbug.com/challenge/fun-and-creativity-with-macro-photo-challenge-by-safetygal
ladysnaps
ladysnaps March 05, 2019
Thank you and thanks for the heads up. I just submitted it.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my home. In my room to be exact. 100 matches and 50 strikes was all it took.
Time
The photo was taken in the afternoon that eventually went into the evening.
Lighting
My goal was to use the natural late afternoon light that was coming from the window. With every match strike and with every review, daylight faded and I was shooting after the sun went down. There was no other light other than what was left of the day. I eventually had to use a flash which made it better to freeze the motion of the flame.
Equipment
I used my old tried and true Canon 20D with a Tamron 60mm Macro lens and an external Promaster flash. A makeshift stand of a cardboard box was used to wedge the match in the corner fold. I used a simple tripod but the best equipment was my own patience to get the perfect shot.
Inspiration
I wanted to take a macro photo but of a subject that wasn't from nature like insects or flowers which are more common. The speed of which a flame comes to a match was intriguing to me so I set out to capture that moment where the flame is ablaze while there's still some of the match head left.
Editing
Not much in post processing other than bringing out the green in the match head and cropping.
In my camera bag
I don't have lots of high end equipment but what I have does exceptionally well. My go-to camera now is a Canon 50D and I still have the 20D as back up. I have a variety of lenses from a 50mm 1.4, 55-200mm zoom, 100-300mm zoom a Lensbaby Spark and the standard 18-55mm. I have a Promaster 7500EDF flash and rounding out my arsenal is a tripod and a variety of filters
Feedback
My advise to others who would like to take a photo like this is patience... and a lot of matches! A macro lens will show more detail. The continuous shooting mode should be used in order to get as many shots before the flame fully catches. Using the flash turned out to be the better way but I would still like to see what images come from not using one.

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