Match Light

By: Jconnphoto

May 16 2011

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Category: Black & White, Creative, Macro, Random

1 Comment

Focal Length:105mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Photo blog day 276, May 16, 2011

On my way to work this morning I was thinking of how long it’s been since I did a photo “project”. When I got to work a coworker came to me [the same one who told me how to force forsythias a little while back] and said he had an idea for me. He suggested photographing a match as it is being lit. Funny enough this has been on my “photo blog ideas” list pretty much since I started the blog. I hadn’t done it yet because.. well.. quite simply it was daunting. I wasn’t sure how to go about it. Whether or not to use flash. What settings to start off with initially. And with my clumsy luck, how to do this without burning my house down!  So tonight was the night. I pulled out the black t-shirt, I mean backdrop, the flash, the remote trigger, the matches, and my plamp. The plamp is a device I won at a conference I went to last summer and is pretty much the neatest thing I have in myphotography tool kit. It is a clamp on one end with a flexible yet sturdy arm and a gentle clasp on the other end. Perfect for delicate flower stems, or in my case, a match.

I tried a variety of methods and I have to say, although this project was not hard in and of itself, it required much more patience that I could give out tonight. My goal was to get a shot of the match EXACTLY at the moment it caught. I think I managed that here albeit in a massively over-exposed way. I do love how much texture there is on the match head and how you can still see the white on the backside that hasn’t started burning yet.


One comment on “Match Light”

  1. I like the processing for the photo – it’s just right for this image. Nice capture too, the flame and match are perfectly framed.

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