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FIRE. Earth, Air, Water...

FIRE. Earth, Air, Water...
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-25
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Geometry Plus, !Fire [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 21:25
Viewed: 8072
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Fire is both hot and dry.
Earth is both cold and dry.
Air is both hot and wet.
Water is both cold and wet.

Whereas the important role of FIRE in Nature has been addressed in a few posts I wanted to do a macrophoto of fire.
Not just any fire, but the fire we see when Nova Scotian Red Spruce gasifies and burns.

The flames in this photo are taken - without flash - of the ends of a few logs that are spewing out gas at the cut end
of the logs. These gases travel along the channels in the wood of what was a tree not to long ago.

A few years back < Sept 2003 > Nova Scotia was hit by hurricane Juan,
which at the time destroyed some 100 million < yes MILLION! > trees.
Being as the Red Spruce is Nova Scotia's provincial tree
quite a few of the destroyed trees were of course Red Spruce.

Many of these trees are now being "recycled".
One process of "return to nature" is FIRE.
Hence my photo's caption: Ode to FIRE.

PS Perhaps I will follow up with other aspects of fire and fir!
Many of my other photos have featured red spruce
in the fore- or background.

Photo taken in macromode, less than one foot from fire...; no PP, just scaling, and small crop to fit TN.

Related shots on TL and on TE.

loot, marhowie, Janice, peter_stoeckl, delic, jmp, Finland_in_Eton has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To bobcat08: What a loss, 100,000,000 trees.Shoot_Score 1 10-06 14:55
To jmp: Holy smoke!Shoot_Score 1 02-01 13:47
To greghume: temperature gradient ...Shoot_Score 1 01-31 02:00
To whjb: Hot stuff...Shoot_Score 1 01-29 11:52
To claudine: Too many trees were destroyed,Shoot_Score 1 01-29 11:50
To peter_stoeckl: fascinating conceptual ...Shoot_Score 1 01-27 16:43
To eruyanik: Fire...Shoot_Score 1 01-27 02:30
To Clancys: Fire...Shoot_Score 1 01-27 00:29
To marhowie: Trees, trees, and more trees...Shoot_Score 1 01-26 18:25
To anniejo: Trees, trees, and more trees...Shoot_Score 1 01-26 18:22
To Janice: Trees, trees, and more trees...Shoot_Score 1 01-26 18:21
To loot: Alles sal reg kom!Shoot_Score 1 01-26 05:49
To anahory: Theme !FireShoot_Score 1 01-26 05:02
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Hi Jay
air,water,fire and earth ,primordial elements of Existence since Greeks time!...your photo is outstanding in it´s perfect composition and creativity a true hymn to this fundamental element...
if I may a sugestion why don´t you start a "portfolio" about the four Elements...? I am sure that your Art and creativity would give us great pictures!
TFS and best regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-26 5:12]
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Hi Jay

So tell me, is this the first in a series to follow, because I can see the fire (very clear and predominantly as well), but I see no ‘Earth’, ‘Air’, or ‘Water’ yet. Come to think about it, you will have a tough time trying to capture ‘Air’, but I am sure you ingenious mind will be able to come up with some original representation as you did with this shot of ‘Fire’. Very imaginative and unique. I just hope you did not scorch your camera or burnt your fingers and remember what the old people said what happens when you play with fire….

A wonderful large posting utilising almost the maximum allowed pixels size on all sides. The composition is great showing just a hint of the ambers at the bottom and further just those well captured flames. The colours and the details are splendid and so is the exposure.

Very well done and TFS.

Hello Jay,

Exccllent work, Great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent JOB

TFS Kyle

Hello Jay,
Interesting capture and a different or out-of the-ordinary post. I like it.
Well seen with nice color and the dark BG. Excellent supporting note and links as well.
Very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-26 16:33]
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100,000,000 trees! What a loss!
Intersting photo Jay, good idea and interesting noptes too. TFS

Interesting shot!
Bright colors....
Well-balanced presentation....and the flames
seem to have "composed" themselves!!
I was mesmerized by the intertwining of the columns of fire, and the blending thereof.

Great accompanying notes; informative, useful and clarifying.

Kudos for this one!!

Jay yet another excellant shot of fire! What more can I say?


Really an interesting shot Jay! i felt the fire just in front of me, looks beautiful. Very different and interesting post to TN!

Hello Jay,
fascinating conceptual work of philosophical depth and power. Very much looking forward to see the continuation of that series.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hello Jay,
I didn't know that so many trees were destroyed, this is an impressive number. I think that you had a good idea for his picture and that you presented it very well. Thanks for this nice one and very interesting notes. “Water is wet”, this made me smile… ;)

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-01-29 4:54]
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Hi Jay,

Interesting subject and presented well. As soon as I can I am going to try this myself. Well done.


PS Congrats on the 1/2 mile, catching up quickly:)

Hello Jay
Very well done. We can actually see the temperature gradient as the yellow brightens to white hot flame on the leading edge. The dancing flame and embers below make for an interesting and dramatic image.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-31 16:47]
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Hi Jay,
Fire is a phenomenon that hides mystery and fascination. This energy emission asociated with matter reorganization has been excellently trapped by you! I like shapes and colors a lot!
TFS, José M.

Hello Jay,
This is a very good photo!
It's clear and sharp! I also like the cropping and the "framing".
Best wishes,

WOW!! That's about all I can say. Everybody else has already said everything. TFS

Hi Jay,

Wow. This is a perfect composition. What a colors and so sharp. It's a creativ highlight. Splendid. Your POV, DOF and BG are almost perfect. On the BG you can see a bit of the fire. What a loss, 100,000,000 trees. Regards and TFS Bob

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