Wow, well, this is only…about a month and a half behind schedule! This summer has been pretty crazy I guess. So, this theme, Heat, was chosen by Eje apparently. Of course, the first thing you think of in the middle of July, when this theme was chosen is the hot air temps of summer. Now it’s almost September and we’ve had a cool spell, barely hitting 70s. One day recently it was barely in the 60s, so it was feeling like fall had come early. I didn’t want to do something specific for the summer, though certain things like pool and heat mirages came to mind. What I really wanted to do was some kind of abstract from fire, either view deep into the red glowing coals, or maybe somehow direct the camera into flames without much of anything in the background. Unfortunately, since we’ve been pretty busy here at Lane Estates, we haven’t had a cook or camp fire in quite a while.
So what did I decide on instead? Now, bare with me, because this is a bit of a stretch. Currently we have a large basement foundation poured in our yard for addition to the house, but we don’t have a house on it yet. So, when it rains we tend to get a lot of frogs in there that we have to pick up off the floor and/or scoop out of the sump pump hole. There is usually a couple dozen frogs, minimum, down there. The kids absolutely love this activity, even though it gives my wife a migraine trying to make sure they are careful with the frogs and don’t accidentally squish them. She really likes frogs… but anyway, this last time it happened we also got three salamanders down there. We see salamanders from time to time, but not often, and it was the first time this year, so I thought, what a great opportunity to get some cool photos of them. And hey, salamanders were, in legends, depicted often with fire. So I thought, hey salamanders would be perfect for heat! I find legendary creatures pretty fascinating, but maybe you don’t, so I’ll just leave a link here to more information on that. Salamanders and the iffy link to heat.
Salamander, the legendary fire creature
ISO800, f/6.3, 1/200, Canon 5D Mii, 50mm 1.8 lens with extension tube
What’s this, a double feature?!
ISO800, f/8, 150, same lens but more extension (I think this was the full set, the other was just the big tube alone)
They are pretty odd creatures. My wife said their heads in these photos makes them look like snakes, and I think they do except with skin instead of scales. The second photo you can actually see their pores, which I thought was neat.
But wait, there’s more!
Whoa, now, I’m getting a little crazy here, what is this another bonus, BONUS photo??
So, since the salamander thing is a fairly weak link to heat, admittedly, I thought I’d add this one too. I was eating tacos one night and my wife’s grandfather brought over these mysterious skinny peppers. He didn’t remember planting them, but he has a pretty massive garden and isn’t a big fan of peppers but knows I like ’em hot. I’m still not sure what they are, but boy are they ever hot! I cut up half of one, spread it across my taco and it brought the heat to say the least!! And I like pretty hot food. So, I think this one actually fits the theme a little better. So, enjoy.
ISO1250, f/3.5, 1/30, Canon 5D Mii, and obviously my favorite lens and my new favorite tubes (can’t remember which ones were on)
So there, one week less that I need to catch up, but I have a ways to go. Keep up with Eje and Pete on their blogs too, they are doing good work on the project still:
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.