Fire Tongue

How do you photograph in a dark theatre when the performer is lit only by the flaming baton he is twirling?  I suggest using a fast lens like the Nikon 70-200VR set at f/2.8, increase the camera’s ISO to 800 and use spot metering to get an exact exposure on the performer’s face.

Fire dancer performing during the Festival of the Lion King show in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Fire dancer performing during the Festival of the Lion King show in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/1600s, f/2.8, ISO 800, EV 0, 180mm Focal Length.

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13 Responses to Fire Tongue

  1. Perfectly captured!


  2. imac says:

    Gee, thats wonderful.


  3. giiid says:

    Wow, very nice and interesting!


  4. Gerry says:

    That is a very cool image and I cannot imagine how you accomplished it even after having it explained to me. I’m simply glad that you made it and that I can look at it.


  5. Nye says:

    Scott, beautiful shot.


  6. montucky says:

    That really turned out well!


  7. Great photograph, and thanks for the tip 🙂


  8. Karma says:

    Wow awesome shot!

    Now I learn there are fast lenses too! I had no idea there were lenses designed for quick capture. I was hatin’ on my little camera last night for that dang shutter lag; my DSLR desire is “inflamed!”


  9. truels says:

    Beautiful shot;-)


  10. Preston says:

    You did a wonderful job capturing this in such light. I avoid inside or dark shots for the most part for I’m no good at it at all. Always blurry… always.


  11. chroniclecantrell says:

    That shot is amazing! I’ve sure been learning a lot about taking photos in the dark lately and I’ve even been using manual for the first time, but I really should try the spot metering next. Thanks for the encouragement.


  12. milkayphoto says:

    Amazing capture Scott! FOLK is one of my favorite shows at Disney. I know how fast this performer works – you caught him at the perfect moment when he pauses! LOVE the flame in the mouth. SO WELL DONE!!!! 🙂


  13. Amazing, very impressive and beautiful !


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