The Eternal Flame

by Kristi Hines · Australia, Melbourne


In Melbourne, Australia, there is a Shrine of Remembrance dedicated to all of the men and women of Australia who have served in war, from World War I through today. The Eternal Flame represents eternal life, and is kept alight at all times.

I’ve always had a fascination with fire, which started with the occasional burning of fall leaves in the back yard as a child and has now developed into an interest in photographing flames such as this.

The Eternal Flame - Dancing Fire Flames at the Shrine of Remembrance

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 270mm, 1/500s – F/6.3, ISO 200
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3


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Chris Nitz

Wow is this cool! Love how the bowl is exposed and how you caught the fire as it split going up. Nice shot!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris! I tried a few different sides of the bowl, and this one with the wind direction came out the best!

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Jason Hines

I love this shot!
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Kristi Hines

I’m looking forward to you posting your Shrine photo! :)

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Terence Chang

Kristi:

Nice Shot! I love fire too.

After seeing your photos, I decided to start my own just the past 3 days. I need to re-organize my photos and start posting and shooting more. You really have great talent to capture the colorful world. Here is my new digital photography blog – Outography.com. Your feedback will be well appreciated.

One thing I would love to know is what have you done with the lightroom software? Did you to retouching, color correction or anything else?

I really enjoy your photos! Keep it coming. Thanks!

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Terence! Usually what I do with Lightroom is crop / rotate the image, maybe adjust exposure if it’s too light / dark, and enhance colors when needed. With this one, I did a little cropping and darkened the exposure of one fire spot that was a bit out of place. It’s a great program – definitely a good place to start if you don’t want to jump into Photoshop.

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Karla Campos

Wow you are good, the many talents of Kristi Hines…. I love it!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Karla! :)

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Peter Liu

Nicely done! Beautiful exposure! Love the composition too.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Peter, although I have to give credit to the wind and the flames for working with me that day. :)

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Ryan Sexton

Great shot, I like how you can only see the bowl and flam in the shot .
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Ryan! It took a few (lot) of tries to get that effect. In retrospect, I could have probably stuck with the first few tries and just edited it later, but I wanted the darkness to be natural.

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Richard X. Thripp

This one is hot, love the motion blur on the flames and the colors in general. I tried Lightroom back when the first beta for Windows came out but never liked it so I stick with Photoshop… might have to try it again though. :)
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Richard! I guess my thing is Photoshop has a few too many options – I like the simplicity of what Lightroom can do without all of the other options. My hubby, on the other hand, loves both Lightroom for simple fixes and Photoshop for his HDR photography.

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Rick Young

Love the fire!

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Rick! :)

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Sire

Nice photo Kristi, you could almost imagine the flames being delicate fabric flowing in the breeze.

Just goes to show there are photo opportunities everywhere, you just have to keep an eye out for them.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Sire! That’s a good way to think of them, maybe like silk or something. Yes, there are always opportunities out there – you just have to keep an open mind about them.

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Dan

Yes photographing fire well isn’t easy, but you’ve pulled it off here. Great shot.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Dan!

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Scott Wood

Great job capturing this, fire is not always the easiest to photograph.
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Scott! It can definitely be a challenge, but when you do capture it, you feel like you’ve accomplished something awesome! :)

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Scott Ackerman

Wow, very cool capture! Love all the detail in the fire. Great shot!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Scott!

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Chi Pritchard

These are pretty cool Kristi. Neat idea for some of the night shooting and off camera lighting i’ve been playing around with.
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Kristi Hines

Fire can create a lot of great lighting elements, especially if you are photographing an object only illuminated by flames!

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