View Full Version : How would you shoot exhaust flames?

11-09-2010, 5:48pm
Hey, Im after some advice on how i could best shoot exhaust flames.

Trying to shoot a stationary motorcycle and capture the split second flames that shoot out the exhaust from time to time, while also idealy lighting the bike.

How would i get the best results? I have a strong photography knowledge, but low on equipment.... a tripod, nikon d40x, thats all.

My assumption would be at night, pitch black, long shutter (10 seconds or so, time to get the flame) and on camera flash to light the bike? maybe?

or should i go for bulb style shutter (more like 10 mins or something) and no flash?

11-09-2010, 6:01pm
I would say in the dark, shutter speed of several seconds (dependent upon how often it shoots the unburnt fuel when you back off, more or less how reliably you can make the flame) and on camera flash dialed down a bit using rear curtain sync.

Could be done in daylight, but your timing would have to be good and/or use an ND filter.

12-09-2010, 3:12pm
asbestos suit and a macro lens