How to photograph flames like in the Olympic Torch Relay. - Dreamstime

With the Olympic Torch Relay underway for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games there will be thousands of photo opportunities. If you are on the route, here's how to plan your best shot.

1. Try to pick an early morning or late afternoon time when there will be a good contrast between the flame and the rest of the scene. In the photos here, I took the pictures of the 2010 Canadian Olympic Torch Relay just at dusk on the first day of the relay in Victoria, British Columbia.

2. Try for a fast shutter speed so that the picture is really crisp and the flame has good definition to it (not a blur). The photos were shot at 1/640 second on a 200mm lens.

3. Try for a shallow depth of field and a good vantage point where the background will be as far away as possible to be at least a bit out of focus. These photos were shot at f4.

Photo credits: Grant Hughes.

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January 26, 2014


The photos are for editorial use because the images show the Olympic Logo on the Olympic Torch. The torch bearer was willing to give a model release but the Olympic imagery is not usable by me for a stock photo.

January 25, 2014


I guess its for editorial use without model releases ? Nice pictures !

January 21, 2014


Great, thanks for sharing...

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