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Held every year on the 11th of January in Burghead on the site of the ancient pictish fort, the burning of the Clavie is a very old new year fire festival. Pretty spectacular to watch and seemingly hazardous to enact. The Clavie King and his entourage carry the burning Clavie about town after it's lit by a peat, stopping at various houses to gift burning staves to light their fires. They end up mounting the Clavie on a stone plinth on the fort's ramparts where extra wood is added and buckets of tar thrown on to the cheers of "Clavie!" with explosive results. It's considered good luck to get a piece of the Clavie wood and light your own fire. Towards the end they struck the Clavie to bring it down which made one of my favourite images of the night. The variants show different parts of the celebration. Big crowd this year but managed to get a good viewpoint for me and the family.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF70-200mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Jan 2014 - 7:19 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Burning of the Clavie
Username:almiles almiles
Uploaded:14 Jan 2014 - 8:34 PM
Tags:Burghead, Clavie, Fire festival, New year, Photo journalism, Tradition
Votes:23
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pablophotographer
pablophotographer e2 Member 3498 forum postspablophotographer vcard 188 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 8:45 PM

Spectacular !
happy and lucky 2014 for you then Smile
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DicksPics
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14 Jan 2014 - 8:54 PM

What a wonderful tradition,Al!
A very interesting write up to accompany a fine photographic record of the event.

Richard

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fazzer
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14 Jan 2014 - 9:13 PM

Spectacular indeed , great reportage ...1and 5 are my faves, love the light on the hammer face in v1 and the the light on the faces and floating embers in 5
Regards j Smile

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Mollycat
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14 Jan 2014 - 10:47 PM

Six incredible images to accompany your narrative. Peter.

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peekay2001
peekay2001 e2 Member 2peekay2001 vcard India9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 2:38 AM

i think image 1 should go alone, seeing which i had to think, 'how do they get these images?'..

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 6:01 AM

Cheers Pablo, Richard, Jeremy, Peter and Parnab Smile

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 6:09 AM

Great captures Al, enjoyed your narrative too...very interesting

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15 Jan 2014 - 6:59 AM

Hi Al , fire captured great , v6 is my face, makes me think of lord of the rings . Kel

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Rende
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15 Jan 2014 - 12:02 PM

Beautiful series Al, but V1 is spectacular with a great pose and excellent lighting, avoiding the man to become a silhouette.
Rende

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 8:59 PM

Big thanks for the UA, Rende! Thanks too for your comments Colleen and Kel Smile

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16 Jan 2014 - 8:12 PM

v1 is beautifully timed, Al, an intriguing image but all is explained in the description. I had to 'google' what the actual clavie was - you missed the bit The charcoal of the clavie is collected and put in pieces up the cottage chimneys, to keep spirits and witches from coming down. Keeping the spirits out of a Scotsman's home... an almost impossible task!!! Tongue

Dave

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2014 - 8:30 PM

Check out you, you boffin! Grin Thanks for the critique as well as the extra info Dave! Smile

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viscostatic
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17 Jan 2014 - 9:12 PM

An excellent series Al, especially the lead image. I had never heard of this and so close to home too.

Phil.

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2014 - 2:25 PM

Its worth seeing Phil, a good atmosphere too.

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derekhansen e2 Member 6200 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 8:36 PM

Coming to this late and I cant believe this didnt get many more votes Alan. The 'pose' captured is excellent and this has bags of impact. I am genuinely bemused.
Derek

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 8:44 PM

Cheers Derek! People definitely not my strong point (when it comes to photography!) as I yet again discovered tonight as 'official photographer' for my daughter's P7 Burns Night dinner Grin

Last Modified By almiles at 20 Jan 2014 - 8:44 PM

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