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This guy was amazing.........eating fire, lying and jumping on broken glass and lying on a bed of nails with 3 people stood on top of him!!

I used normal flash mode for this shot, I like the shapes of the flames, and was pleased that the spray of methylated spirits from his mouth, (or whatever he used to light the flames), can be seen.

I've deliberately kept the image quite dark as I think it's more dramatic - but I'd appreciate advice on whether I should lighten it a bit.

Thanks for looking.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Sep 2012 - 8:37 PM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:Fluorescent
Title:Hot Lips
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:9 Oct 2012 - 9:47 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33074 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 9:50 PM

"With petrol being 1.43 a Litre, how can he possibly continue burning money?" GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 9:58 PM

Hahahahahah Nathan - that's a flaming good joke WinkWinkWink

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 10:37 AM

No good saying "Diesel do instead" as that is even more expensive.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 1:30 PM

Rather like this. There is movement but it fits with what he is doing. The strange bit is the flame, extreme left. Seems to be from another performer? Could have done without that. You did right to keep the image dark, but not sure aboutthe flourescent light setting.

With RAW you would be better adjusting manually until the colours look as required.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 2:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a good effort, - youve done well, catching that important spray. I would suggest a warmer white balance, sharpening, and a little straightening as in the mod.



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Willie

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 4:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi, Elaine.
You have been receiving excellent critique on your images, which I have been following with interest, but have not commented simply because I've had nothing constructive to add.
This is a dramatic and eye-catching image of the fire-eater, and it looks as if you were almost too close for comfortTongue!
You have filled the frame with the action and have a nice composition, and you've timed it perfectly to get so many flames in the shot. I like the movement blur showing in his arms.
The image communicates perfectly what is going on, and evokes amazement in the viewer.
The background isn't too distracting but, of course, there was little you could do about it. It's a shame that the vertical foliage emanates from the man's head, though. Also, your flash has given you some strong shadows because the man is standing quite close to the wall.
The windows are not straight and, although it's a minor point, straightening them would look better.
I'm not sure where the flames bottom left are coming from and would suggest that they detract from the main ones and it would be a good idea to clone them out.
Having tried to lighten as well as darken the image, I can understand why you wanted to keep it dark. My second modification is a darker version and I like it because it accentutes the flames and the light of the flames on the man's body, and the flames look better altogether.
In my first modification, I used Perspective Correction to straighten the window frames, then cloned out the background foliage, the wall plug and lead on the right, the flames bottom left, the bottle bottom right, and the little bit of light or flame top right. My crop eliminated the vent bottom left. I then adjusted Levels slightly.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 10 Oct 2012 - 4:42 PM

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
11 Oct 2012 - 9:11 PM

Hi Paul,

The flame on the left is from a stand at the side of the performer which had a fire in it. This was where he kept lighting his flaming stick thingies.

Yes I'll try to clone it out.

Thanks for your advice

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
11 Oct 2012 - 9:17 PM

Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod - the straightening and sharpening are great. The colour is better, but it may be just slightly too pink for me.

Thanks for your great help.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
11 Oct 2012 - 9:29 PM

Hi Pamela,

I hope you're well - it's nice to hear from you.

Just got back from my yoga class and feeling really chillaxed!

You're right, we were pretty close to the action, and I can remember feeling a little uncomfortable but I wasn't going to move and miss the chance of getting a decent shot.......this photography bug has got me hooked!!

Thanks for your mods - I love the second one. I like the darker exposure and you've done a great job with the cloning - I'm not very good but I'll try cloning out the distracting bits that you mention. Your straightening in the first mod is great too - another technique for me to practice.

I'm thrilled with the critique and help I've been receiving from all the helpful folk on EPZ - I hope I haven't been boring everyone too much with my holiday photos............I've still got a few more I'd like to upload......................Did I just hear everyone groan!!!

Thanks again for your support - it's very encouraging.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Elaine

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