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'Embers Rising'

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

| Photo Breakdown | Dissecting an image to see what we can learn from it.

Out of the fire, rising embers the burning their path into the sensor. An impermanent moment carried into the future by the power of photography.

By Rodrigo Gaya.



Camera: Fujifilm XT-1

Lens: Fujinon 23mm f/ 1.4r (35mm Equivalent)

Shutter: 1 second

Aperture: f/3.2

ISO: 400

Megapixels: 16.0

Photographer: Rodrigo Gaya

Copyright: (c) 2020 Rodrigo Gaya / Gayaman Visual Studio

Nothing more refreshing than a night out by the fire. Sure, your clothes will end up soaking in that smell for days, but you'll have opened a portal into another dimension.

Mixing all the elements, a fire is know to invite all your ancestors to join you, sharing in the loving embrace of elements shifting states.

The smell, warmth, crackling sounds, all embedded in this image. Long shutter allowing the embers to write their own story.

On Another Note

Take your camera with you. I know it may be awkward, scary, or just 'not the right time' to take it out and about.

But two things...

Firstly, you never know what cool moment will arise while you are interacting with the outside world.

This is why I love my Fujifilm set-up. Lightweight, durable, and unobtrusive design welcomes you to take it out in a small photo bag, one extra battery and I'm set for the whole day.

Secondly, you will definitely learn something new from the experience of taking your camera with you almost all the time. Whether you make a photograph or not, you'll become more responsible with your gear. You'll be able to see if the gear really what you want from the experience.

'Embers Rising' was made during a BBQ with friends and their family while on assignment in Columbia, South Carolina. Enjoying a few local craft beers, and the smell of the fire, this dynamic moment caught my attention.

TLDR: Take your camera with you, you never know what fun moment pops up, or what lesson you'll learn. Make it part of your routine even if you don't make an image that day.

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