Shaping Fire for Seamless Photography

Shaping Fire for Seamless Photography

San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux makes a living shooting still-life and product photography for clients such as EuroRSCG, 7X7, Google, and Wells Fargo. But what caught my eye was how Rob experiments with "smoke and fire”, attempting to bend it to his will using motion, air and interestingly, stencils. Another cool... hot... (trying to avoid a pun here) neat thing about the way Rob achieves this is the use of seamless white which allow both the smoke and fire to, so clearly, coexist within the same frame.


“I can make these shapes into anything that can be stenciled, basically.”

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“So, it’s a quest to shape one of the more uncontrollable phenomena in nature. Yes, yes, CGI, illustration, I know. Dull. Not right.”

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“This is much more exciting.”

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“...cool thing about these is the coexistence of smoke and fire.”

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“Another flames experiment. Pretty nerve-wracking before we started. We weren’t quite sure what would happen, since this is the first time we’ve burned something this large.”

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“Cotton + White Seamless + Oxygen + Gasoline + Heat + 30′ Ceiling + Fast Shutter + High Speed Sync =”

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“The flames from the triple shirt setup touched the ceiling thirty feet up.”

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“Rob Prideaux is interested in artifice, contrivance, exaggeration, heroic objects, technical challenges, new techniques and new ideas.”

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3 Comments

Consider a larger fire extinguisher. I like the subject. Best of luck to you!

A spot on Kelby Training, and a few hours with Corey Barker could have saved time.... Talk about taking the long road.

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