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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Capture flame out of pistol?


I would like to capture the flame out of a pistol being fired by a friend. For dramatic effect, I want to shoot at dusk. This will be low-tech, so timing will be the largest challenge.

I am thinking of a wide aperture, low ISO, slow shutter (like 1/2 second), and an exposure that, without the flame or flash would be quite dark, but not completely black. Maybe a touch of flash if the flame does not adequately light the subject, but I'd rather not. Maybe back-lit?

Any thoughts? Any experience? Any examples?

Thanks,
Jeff



Sep 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Just need some good ole fashion timing. Expect the flame to be about twice as long as you would think.




Sep 26, 2012 at 07:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Capture flame out of pistol?


pb, what was your shutter speed?


Sep 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Here's the EXIF

Exposure Time 1/1600
F Number f / 1.80
Exposure Program Manual
ISO Speed Ratings 800

1/1600 is a whole lot faster than I would have guessed.



Sep 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Thanks for the EXIF, Jerald. I agree on the shutter speed. But like pb said, "good ole fashion timing."

I have an old .357 revolver with a 6" barrel. It blows a little flame when using .38 special ammo. But it is impressive when using .357. I want to capture that.



Sep 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Capture flame out of pistol?


If i were to do it again, id dial it back a stop to 1/800 to have more of a chance to get a flame during the day.



Sep 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Yes all about the timing. I do a lot of Cowboy Mounted Shooting and the goal is to catch as much flame as possible. TIP: If you hear the gun shot you are too late.







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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Capture flame out of pistol?


and you had to completely anticipate. I'll at least be able to tell the person when to fire.


Sep 26, 2012 at 09:15 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Capture flame out of pistol?


or just shoot on continious and have them just empty the mag


Sep 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Knob Creek, Kentucky...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHBJyOoAqIo&feature=related

I like the music on this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zch8T2ZGHfU&feature=related




Sep 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Capture flame out of pistol?


pbjunkiee wrote:
or just shoot on continious and have them just empty the mag


good justification for the 1DX.



Sep 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Has anybody ever done this in very low light, like around dusk?


Sep 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Why not just go at it like capturing lighting or fireworks and open the shutter after the sound close the shutter. I would think it would be easier in low light as this would allow you to leave the shutter open longer without blowing the highlights, or just use a nd filter


Andy



Sep 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Capture flame out of pistol?


Good thought, Andy. Kind of my approach but even easier from a timing standpoint. I hope we have enough ammo so I can try all of these.


Sep 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM





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