Fire & Phantasm

December 07, 2018  •  10 Comments

Corrales had a bonfire at the end of their Twinkle Light Parade on December 1st.




Walking home along Corrales Road, I liked how this wall and gate was lit up by headlights as cars drove by. I tried to time the exposure with the headlights to get maximum illumination before the car or truck came into the camera's view. I left the camera on aperture priority because I didn't want to mess with manual settings in the sub-freezing temperature. This first shot was a fail. Filename: 115B0118.CR2. Date Created: 12/1/18, 7:34:48 PM. ƒ/5.6, 0.5 sec, ISO 3200. Canon 17-40mm ƒ/4.0 lens @ 40mm.

In the second shot my timing was way off and the camera gave me a 1.6 second exposure. I held the camera as steady as possible as the truck drove by during the exposure. I noticed when I opened the file on the computer, I had caught a phantasm walking or floating on the other side of the road during the long exposure. Filename: 115B0119.CR2. Date Created: 12/1/18, 7:34:51 PM. ƒ/5.6, 1.6 sec, ISO 3200. Canon 17-40mm ƒ/4.0 lens @ 40mm.


I timed the third shot right and got the image I was trying for. I used ƒ/5.6 to get enough DOF for the cracks in the road to show up clearly. 115B0120.CR2. Date Created: 12/1/18, 7:35:03 PM. ƒ/5.6, 1/6 sec, ISO 3200. Canon 17-40mm ƒ/4.0 lens @ 40mm.


T & L Photos
Hi Michelle. Two things that help me get clear shots at very slow shutter speeds: 1) a big, heavy, professional DSLR that has almost no vibration from the mirror. 2) Sniper training. When I'm using slow shutter speeds, I squeeze off shots on the camera using techniques and breath control employed by snipers.
I'm impressed that you can hold still for shots like this! I love the fire sparks.
T & L Photos
La Llorona is very popular in New Mexico.
Lavinia Ross(non-registered)
I had to look up La LLorona. An interesting story, with many similar tales from around the world. Thank you, Tim! Learned something new.
T & L Photos
Hi Harry. I'm building the cats a Christmas tree.
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