I started to worry that I might not be able to complete this week’s themed post. My original vision was to get a shot of a bonfire. I find bonfires interesting. I would have set my camera on a trip, changed my settings for narrow aperture, about f/8, and captured some long exposures of the embers coming off the fire. Instead of star trails, I would have had light trails of embers.
But as the week went along I realized I would need to think of something else. My wife suggested a photo of our fireplace. “Too mundane,” I said. A candle flame? Maybe. I held out for something more interesting.
On Sunday my daughter asked if we could go out to eat. She wanted to try out Aja, the new pan-Asian fusion restaurant that opened in town. Aja is a Sanskrit word. It means goat. My wife is vegetarian and the restaurant. We debated over the menu for a bit, but my wife acquiesced due to my daughter’s insistence.
The food was excellent, and the wait staff was attentive. I even got into a conversation about photography with our waitress. She loves to travel and take photos. She asked what I was doing when she saw me taking pictures of my wife’s cocktail. I explained I was doing a weekly photography project and this week’s them was fire. She immediately offered to help to suggest various things around the restaurant.
But it was not until we were walking out the door that I spotted this dragon; aglow in red.
I applied a Kodak Ektachrome filter, ran the photo through Google Nik Dfine noise reduction software, and then applied the maximum screen sharpening on export from Adobe Lightroom.