Through The Lens Thursday #10: Hot

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Hot”.

Hot flames

Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel SL!
1/30, f/1.8, ISO 6400

I don’t have a story for this photo. Except it’s been a rough week with terrible weather (if you can call it that). The smog (or haze as we call it here) was so bad and unhealthy, we had to stay indoors. My plans to shoot outside, to shoot the hot weather, were thwarted. 

I took this shot at night, with the lights off, and risked melting my camera by going in fairly close. 

The things we do for art. And our blogs.

How was your week?

(What do you think of my ‘hot’ photo? This IS a photography exercise, so I would appreciate any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: Dark

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • March 6, 2014 vanita

    cheers to you for not letting the haze hold you back from your prompt! this is a super cool shot. i love that it looks so “different” yet i knew exactly what it was before reading the post.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Vanita! Stupid haze, sigh.

  • March 6, 2014 Shannon

    So sorry to hear about your haze, Alison. I hope you will be able to safely go outside soon, for your sake and your camera’s sake. I actually thought of doing the same thing because the oven flame is the only thing hot around here – except for my husband but he’s too modest to be the subject of my prompt.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      I considered photographing my husband too, but that would be er, cheesy. πŸ™‚

  • March 6, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Ohhhh, that really is an effective photo. It really looks so hot. Great job! Funny you mention melting your camera, I had the opposite problem here yesterday as I got snow on my lens when I wasn’t watching what I was doing!
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      We are living at the opposite ends of the earth! πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2014 Natalie

    Wow this is a FABULOUS photo! I love it!
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much, Natalie!

  • March 7, 2014 angela

    This photo makes it clear why kids have to be reminded not to touch the range! You made it so beautiful. I might try to reach out and touch it, too.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you, Angela!

  • March 7, 2014 KalleyC

    Now that is “hot” photo! Get it, get it! Okay, seriously, I love the take on the prompt “hot.” I hope the haze lifts up soon and you’re able to head out. I haven’t been taking much pictures of outside because of the cold.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      It’s a little better now, but nowhere near healthy levels. And thank you!

  • March 7, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    That’s a great photograph – especially since the fire looks white, almost innocent. I can’t wait for heat.. lol the cold is driving me bonkers. Have a great one Alison! -Iva
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      I’m kinda sick of your cold too, Iva! πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2014 Tamara

    Haze and smog! I guess it is a trade-off with our frigid cold (but fresh) air.
    I love your take. I would even think of that. And ours aren’t nearly as pretty.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      I’ll take your cold, frigid air!

  • March 7, 2014 Katie

    I used my stove for “hot” too…but don’t worry, I also took a picture of Cortney. I should post that in the Flickr group too just for giggles.

    I like how your photo is so dark other than the flames. I like that a lot.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Your photo was great, Katie! Please, do post your Cort photo. πŸ™‚
      And thank you. I turned off the lights for this photo, I thought the effect would be more dramatic that way.

  • March 7, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    This photo trips me out! Well worth the risk of a meltdown. I’m excited for next week though, “dark” sounds like a bit of a challenge.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Dark is going to be fun, I can’t wait!

  • March 7, 2014 Rorybore

    I really like this one!
    It’s a great shot – everything comes together very nice. The composition, the lighting (or absence of also), how it’s both blurry and sharp where it needs to be. It’s rather abstract, but you can tell what the subject is still. very nice job!
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Why, thank you! That was sort of what I was going for. πŸ™‚

  • March 7, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Want to know what’s HOT?


    & I’m sick of your hotness! xxx
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Haha!! Funny lady. xoxo

  • March 7, 2014 Elaine A.

    I think this shot is way cool! Glad you did not melt your camera… πŸ˜‰

    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Elaine, I’m glad too!

  • March 7, 2014 Kim

    I love the glow on this one.
    Sorry about the haze keeping you inside. We’ve been spending a lot of time indoors too – we’re hibernating, I think. I am looking forward to spring.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Kim! Spring is just 2 weeks away, yay!

  • March 7, 2014 Christine

    I love your photo. Sounds like the weather is nutso everywhere lately. Yes, it has been a rough week here too.
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    • March 8, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Christine. I hope next week’s better for you!

  • March 10, 2014 NIna

    Here\’s where my mind went: I saw \”hot\” and assuming the picture, at first quick glance, was a handcuff.Yup.

    • March 10, 2014 Alison

      Hah! I like the way you think. πŸ™‚

  • March 14, 2014 Andrea

    I’m not trying to be ironic, but this photo is really cool. Ugh, now I just feel like an old Grandpa who also uses a lot of puns.
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    • March 14, 2014 Alison

      Hah! I like puns. πŸ™‚

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