How I Got That Shot?

“Incoming Inferno”

It all started with a fire-pit (Live) image I snapped with my iPhone when visiting a friend. Here’s the original image:

Ghostly gathering by the fire. ©Alina Oswald

In the original image posted above, I then noticed the traces of green light resembling the eyes of a ghost, to me anyway.

I then removed the “green eyes” in Snapseed, to see how the image would look without them, and ended up with the image posted below:

“Warm My Darkness” ©Alina Oswald.

Note: I think it’s always a good idea to try to come up with interesting titles that make sense to you, as a creator. Also, for example, because I’ve covered the HIV and AIDS pandemic for twenty years and counting, whenever possible, I try to use image titles that reference the HIV and AIDS pandemic in some way.

Now, as mentioned above, I did capture this image in Live Photo mode. This way, I could then choose the “Long Exposure” option to blur the motion, the flickering of the fire.

After that, I made a few small adjustments again, in Snapseed. I usually play with contrast/Curves and other tools that would help me enhance the dramatic element already in the image; hence, enhancing the mood. And I ended up with the following two edits of the same photograph:

The title might or might not stay as is, for now anyway.

If you have any questions or want to share some of your “how I got that shot” stories, feel free to share them in a comment below.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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