#894. “Heat!” challenge results are in.

By pascaljappy | How-To

Aug 26

This took an awful long time to get published, right? It seems that either the topic wasn’t as interesting as previous ones or summer … heat … slowed everyone down. Still, better publish before actual summer heat runs out 😉

As usual, I’m afraid I might have forgotten someone, particularly over the 7 weeks since the announcement of the challenge. If so, please tell me and I’ll find your email to update the post asap.

This challenge, I wanted responses that played on the word heat. Actual heat, taking some heat, escaping from the heat… It went further than I hoped, with even a little poetics along the road 🙂 And the photos, well, I’ll let you be the judge of the photos ….


Philippe Berend

Dry heat

Philippe adds: “Two summer photographs. I like that the two atmospheres are so different but both communicate heat”.


Pascal Jappy

Hot noond
Cooling architecture
Hot morning

Noel McCombe


Noel adds: “Had a go at the heat theme today and needed to cheat a bit. Any tree experts in the group will recognise the flame tree as a winter bloomer, but it is quite summer-postcard in all of its dayglow saturation. If the “sun ark” was titled more truthfully it could be “winter sunshine ” but it is not a product for sale so truth in advertising rules don’t need to be followed. 😉 “


May I just add that photography and truth don’t belong together 😉 Evocative is what we want. Thanks Noel.


Nancee Rostad


Nancee adds: “Graff-HEAT-i” is obviously a play on words; however the actual graffiti in the image certainly resembles fire! “Cracked Wall” was taken at an old hacienda in central Mexico and, to me, the heat factor is expressed by the leafless tree shadow and the cracked adobe wall. And it makes me recall how hot it was during my stay at the hacienda!”


And, obviously, the red and orange colours evoke fire, the shapes evoke flames. Brilliant. What else is new 😉


Kristian Wannebo


Kristian explains: “I found no good photos, and no ideas for any – so, well, instead a micro-story.”

A hot morning…

… getting hotter, better indoors … thinking,

reflecting – time for a pipe! ( Pre-heat )

Ceci n’est pas une Magritte, mais

ceci, c’est une pour Maigret.( Hot on the trail… )

Yes, Some Like It Hot,

even at High Noon,

and at the end of a scorching day,

sunstroke ?


Pascal adds: And in French, no less 😉


John Wilson

The Old Grist Mill – Nikon V1-IR
Down In the Weeds – Nikon V1-IR
It’s All Done With Steam
    Steaming Hot

John adds: “A little over a year ago I bought a Nikon V1 body and had it converted to 720IR. I really got to wring it out in June on a trip through Eastern Washington and Oregon. IR makes all the foliage go white since it has the highest  IR reflectance in the image. Perfect for shooting under the noonday sun. Though the cars were shot under an overcast sky shortly after a rain shower; but the grass and weeds seem to come out fine.

The other two are normal BW from the Night Market series. Some of the booths can get really hot and steamy and make great images. Unfortunately the Night Market is no more.”

What can I say? Brilliant photography as usual. I love that the mill seems cool and the rest feels so hot.


Patrick Woo


Patrick adds: “what is more cooling than experiencing a “church in church”

To me, Patrick’s image is one of those non-spectacular gems that invite longer inspection. “Heat” can be the heat taken by the photographer in this quiet environment, the heat taken by the woman for her pagan tattoo or the cool temperature of the church in the summer … heat. Also culturally interesting as the inside of the church is quite different from those I get to see usually 🙂


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  • Kristian Wannebo says:

    Good examples of how important a calibrated screen can be!
    My 7″ pad has a slightly warm white balance and my smaller phone screen a very slightly cool one.

    E.g. Pascal’s “Hot morning” does seem hot to me on the pad but looks like a cool morning on my phone although the difference is small when comparing side by side.
    And e.g. Nancee’s second photo shows the same difference to my eyes, but her first looks really hot on both screens.
    – – –

    Then there can be a personal bias:
    E.g. Philippe’s “Not-so-dry-heat” looks cool to me – perhaps because even a slight breeze is usually cool in my climate – but when I recall how hot the sun plus its reflection from the water can be I do feel heat in the photo. His “Dry heat”, though, feels hot on both screens – I think it’s the cracked earth that does it.
    And e.g. Noel’s first photo can feel both hot and cool to me (non-botanist) depending on my mood and what I think about, but his second photo feels very hot.
    – * –

    Very Good and Interesting photos – I find it hard to pick favourites – but I find Nancee’s exceptional, they are the ones I come back most to!

    I also come back to Patrick’s Church, I like the blending of bluish and yellowish light on the walls and pillars. There’s a lot of talk on white balance and mixed light [no, Pascal, I’m not thinking of your post some time ago, 🙂 , but of lots of articles about the _necessity_ of avoiding this], but I think it’s spot on here, it makes the interior more interesting; I feel that this light mixture fits in a church – which stands for all aspects of life.
    ( This is, of course, personal. I’m used to photos of snow being both yellowish and bluish, others might find these colour differences distracting.)

    • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

      “Good examples of how important a calibrated screen can be!”
      Good point, Kristian.
      That’s why I use a photographic monitor (which recalibrates at regular intervals, automatically) – and print my photos, to escape from the limitations of the screens we buy.

  • Sean says:

    Pascal: Ha harrr! You’ve cooled off with “… This took an awful long time to get published, right? It seems that either the topic wasn’t as interesting as previous ones or summer…” Probably it was ‘a little too hot to handle’. Well done! The end result of that hot seven hiatus produced some ‘sizzler’ images.

  • Oh, Kristian! What a clever way to get to the “heat” of the subject!
    John’s “Down in the Weeds” IR image – wonderful as it is – reminds me of the sweaty, dried-grass-itchy-summers of my childhood!
    Both Philippe & Pascal offered both hot & cool images, which are quite evocative of summer.
    Noel’s image of the palm trees might have been taken in winter, but winter in Hawaii – or wherever palm trees like these grow – feels like summer in Florida to me – lovely image, by the way.
    Patrick’s cooling image of the church was the perfect counterpoint to the “Heat” challenge.

    • Kristian Wannebo says:

      Thanks, Nancee!
      A funny detail is, that the next to last bit could only be done in English!
      “High Noon” was called “Sheriffen” (the Sheriff) in Sweden and – even worse – “12 Uhr mittags” (12 o’clock PM) in Germany.

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