the Flame - Semana Santa Rota by fototaker

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this was recorded during Semana Santa celebrations in Rota, Spain. processions of nazarenos of the different church brotherhoods take place daily leading up to easter Sunday. i love the details of this religious event, and the candles are always a favorite of mine. i am fascinated by the flame, and i try to snap the flame while some nazareno stands quietly holding the candle, some measuring up to three feet long! stepping up to the candle and focusing on the flame i TRY to capture the light you see here. i can imagine this seems a strange and humorous scene if you were there also, watching me while i try to capture that candle flame, seeing the camera move slowly back and forth following the movement of the flame. this was captured in an unposed scene, on the street with wind and motion all playing factors in the creation of this image

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Canon EOS 7D
iso400 at 1/1000 f8
focal length: 135 with a Tamron 28-300mm
no flash used

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American freelance artistic photographer with a magic-box. Cloud-chaser, sunset seeker, luna-lover and always looking up and down with my eyes and lens.

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  • David McMahon
    David McMahonabout 4 years ago

    I know just how hard it is to capture a candle flame – and your angle, depth of field, use of background is superb.

  • thanks for your comment David!!

    – fototaker

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Superbly Visual!

  • thank you for the honor!!

    – fototaker

  • Doug Greenwald
    Doug Greenwaldalmost 4 years ago

    Love the depth of the purple and the perfect exposure of the flame. Well done.

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