Out in the woods one night, I took these shots of a campfire using motion. I sat there watching the fire dancing and couldn’t resist. I could have just taken regular photos, but that’s not what I’m about. Moving the camera produced a blurry effect.
Fire holds such fascination.
Each photo has little nuances that set it apart from the next. You can see the little sparks of fire rising from wood burning. You can see the blues of deeper fire. Even through a motion camera, all the subtleties are there.
Now put these photos together in an animation called a gif. A gif resembles a very short movie of a few seconds. It is comprised of a series of photographs that you choose to put together, along with the time sequence, the size of the photos, the effects along with some other details.
CompuServe introduced the GIF format in 1987. Originally in black and white, the format became enhanced to a color version. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Interchange_Format.
When I took all thirteen of my fire pictures and animated them through the gif process at a 15 second effect, here is the outcome:
Now my flames really are dancing. Always have fun with your photography. Snap away and once developed, look at them. Because when you look into your pictures, you just might see more than what you originally were looking at.
Look closely as the GIF dances. You can see the woods in the background of the dancing flames. You can imagine the fire dancing. You can feel the night. You can see the sparks rising up.
And that’s what’s makes your photography all the more interesting and fun. Always have fun and don’t get bogged down with trying too hard.
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