Capture flame out of pistol?
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jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
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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



pbjunkiee
Registered: Nov 15, 2011
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Just need some good ole fashion timing. Expect the flame to be about twice as long as you would think.



jcbradshaw
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pb, what was your shutter speed?



jeraldcook
Registered: Dec 29, 2009
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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.



jcbradshaw
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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.



pbjunkiee
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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.



VarsityMonthly
Registered: Aug 03, 2012
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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.



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



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



Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
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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



jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
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pbjunkiee wrote:
or just shoot on continious and have them just empty the mag


good justification for the 1DX.



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



innaeddy1
Registered: Jun 13, 2008
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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



jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
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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.