This weekend I went to Provincetown, MA for a wedding. This shot is taken in the morning at low tide.

Olympus Stylus Tough

- Jaclyn Breit


5D MarkIII
100mm Macro

This shot came about on Sunday night. We decided to grill up some corn on the grill and as I was sitting there I thought this would be perfect for this weeks photo challenge. I slapped on my 100mm macro and right as I was about shoot the corn husk caught fire. I really like how it turned out.

- Michael Durr


This is a picture of the sun in Phoenix, AZ. I like the transition between orange around the sun to purple, the two main colors of the home basketball team.

Nikon D3000 – f/7.1 – 1/1250 sec. – ISO-100

- Spencer Lund


I was shooting with a 7D using a 70-200 f2.8 and two strobes connected to pocket wizard-iii's. ISO 200, f11 & Shutter Speed of 200.

Bought the dinosaur and helicopter from walmart for a couple bucks. The flames are from an aerosol can of silicone, with the straw running through the t-rex's mouth. My friend hid behind the scene and lit the silicone. The choppa was hung from the rafters of my garage with fishing line.

- Ian Chase


So funny story... A friends sent me a link to this challenge on the 24th with the deadline on the 25th. It wasn't a lot of notice, but I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw it. While I was sitting at the pool strategizing with some friends we met and started talking with some random guy. Eventually I decided to ask this guy I just met less than an hour ago if he wanted to come to my place later, take his shirt off, and take some pictures holding fireballs. I'm sure he thought I was pretty weird, but it all worked out, and the pictures came out pretty cool... errr... I mean hot!

After bouncing a couple of ideas around we came up with this plan. We covered Styrofoam balls we got from the arts and craft section in lighter fluid, and put them on top of light stands. We then covered the model in baby oil and sprayed water on him to make him look sweaty. Next we placed a garment steamer directly behind him for that steam effect. He stood about four feet in front of the Styrofoam balls, and I had a ton of help positioning all the lights and stands while I directed where his hands should go. Once we got everything positioned we lit the balls and started shooting. I Had about 30 seconds before we had to put them out.

I Shot with a light camera left pointing down on him with a grid and a light directly behind him to illuminate the steam. Canon 5DMKII + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, ISO 125 | 148mm | f/9 | 1/160th sec


- Justin Thomas

At around noon on Saturday I see a news bulletin stating that a fire
has been reported near a popular hiking trail called Waldo Canyon just
west of Colorado Springs. Early reports said the fire was about 150
acres, but by 3pm it had grown to well over 1000 and began to threaten
entire communities in the foothills. As soon as I checked in with
everyone I know living in the danger area I grabbed my camera and
headed out. It is now about 11pm Sunday night and the fire continues
to spread unchecked due to 100 degree temperatures and ~4% humidity.
Good luck to all of the firefighters out there risking your lives to
save those in danger. This shot was taken about 10:30 Saturday night
using a Canon 5d Mark II and Tamron 70-300mm @ f/7.1 ISO 800 8sec


- Jacob Muth

With the arrival of summer, the family brought out the outdoor fireplace and began lighting it up. I took a 1.3 second exposure shot of the flames as soon as we filled it up with wood and fuel. The flames were crackling strongly, straight out the top, and I caught this particular beauty with my T3i.


- Basel Sabbagh

Taken with Sony Alpha 55 w/ 35mm 1.8

This is a picture of a Citronella candle taken in Sunset Mode to bring out the orange hues.


- Jess McInnis

This is a shot of a park near Cleveland Circle, MA.

Summer's here!

Canon T2i, 17mm, f/8, ISO 100.

- Diego Jimenez


Took this shot with a Sony Alpha 55, a 35mm 1.8 Lens. Found a pot of lead with a pouring tool in my basement. Started a wood fire and heated it up. Very last second shot, my first entry ever. My wife and I spent most of the night working on shots to force ourselves into being more creative.

- Chris McInnis


I wanted to do something clever for this challenge, seeing how unless you were going to capture fire, just about anything you did would have to be metaphorical. It's been pretty hot here in southeastern Ohio, so I thought it would be neat to make it look like I had fried an egg on my driveway. Just before setting up that picture, I thought, maybe I should just do breakfast. I added the forks, toasted the bread and the sun helped melt the pat of butter. I took the photo with my white balance set to cloudy, but it still wasn't orange enough. I wanted it to look very hot, so I cropped it and brought the reds and oranges even higher. Then I tonemapped it to make the oranges more surreal and to haze out the grass in the background. Shot on my Canon T3i, at 18mm, 1/1600 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100.

- Jason Pyles


I took this one while grilling over the weekend with my Canon T2i with an 18-55mm lens at full auto. I waited until after I flipped the burgers because I knew between the juices, the Guinness and Worcestershire sauce I put on them, that it should cause a nice flare up with a decent amount of smoke. I grabbed a few shots as fast as I could, and went with this one because everywhere you look, there's either flames or smoke. Anyone who has grilled can just feel the flare ups and smell the meat. I went out of my way to grill for my friends, because to me the flare-ups in the grill are one of the most familiar feelings of heat in the summer, and is definitive of it.

- Blade O'Neill


Ah summer, or as we call in Arizona, Hotter. So this week's challenge is to capture a picture of something that is hot, temperature wise. I wish I was in Hawaii because then I could get a photo of flowing lava. If I was in Yellow Stone, or the Kamchatka Penninsila I coud get photos of geysers and other geothermal phenomenon. Obviously, I could take a picture of buringing coals like the example, or fire. But that felt too, well, ordinary. There probably will be a number of submissions along those lines. I toyed with the idea of turning the burner on the stove to high and photographing the glowing red metal. Then it hit me, well not me, but a nearby friends tree, yesterday afternoon. We had our Monsoon start and had a round of thunderstorms. Their front tree was struck and set on fire until the rain put it out. But lightning. That glorious spark of energy that can reach temperatures of more than 50,000 degrees fahrenheit. Nothing, at least in nature, reaches higher temeperatures on the surface of the Earth on a daily basis. That would be the subject of my submission. After all, the average lightning bolt is multiple times hotter than the surface of the Sun. If that is not something hot, I do not know what is. So now, I had to hope the weather gods would provide a show at night. Near sunset I checked the skies, but the storms were dying down. An hour latter, there were no signs of storms in the area. About 9:30, outflow from stormes further away caused a regeneration event. I grabbed my tripod, my remote trigger, an umbrella, and my Canon T2i and went to the vacant lot across the street and set up to shoot. I set my camera timer to the bulb setting so I could control the exposure by hand. I took over 60 photos that night, with various degrees of succuess. The one I chose was a bolt that flashed three times to the south, hitting three different areas in rapid succession. It was one of the last photos to be taken, and it was naturally large enough in the image to not require any cropping. To capture the blue-white color of the lightning as it is seen, I set the camera to a white balance of Tungsten. This image is an exposure of 19 seconds, with an appature of f/6.3, and ISO of 400, and a focal lenght of 163mm.

- John Hays


It wasn't easy finding heat where I live considering our Summer has pretty much decided to never show up this year. Since I had to do laundry on Sunday and know how hot that laundromat can get, I decided to take my camera. After many attempts of trying to capture the steam on the windows or any other element suggesting heat, I turned around and noticed I was missing the hottest object in the room: the dryers. I set my camera on shutter priority, sat it against a chair, got past the questions of the weirded out people around me and shot away.

Canon 5D - ISO 200 - f/5.0 - 1/10s

- Ben Lanon


This was shot with a Nikon D300s and a 70-300mm variable zoom lens.

Focal length: 200mm
Aperture: f 5.3
Shutter: 1/1250
ISO: 100

On Saturday the 30th annual Mermaid Parade was held at Coney Island in New York. While most of those images are NSFW, I decided to look for something to represent how damn hot it was that day with the Giz challenge in mind. I actually burned my backside sitting on the pavement inside the barriers during the parade (it is still red today).


I couldn't take it anymore and moved over to the beach to try and get some relief. I haven't seen Coney Island this crowded before, and there was not relief to be had (unless you are brave enough to swim in the water). I wanted to capture the heat lines and capture the least amount of water possible to help reinforce the notion of heat. On the way back to the parade I saw a dude in a bunny costume in the back of a NYPD golf cart passed out from heat exhaustion.

- Mike Ratliff


Sitting around the campfire Friday night I recalled that there was a "Heat" photo challenge at Gizmodo, so I grabbed up my Olympus 8010 tough and hand-held a couple of shots of the fire in front us. The first shot was done with the built-in flash and the second shot was without flash. Stabilization was achieved by tying one of a string to a bolt that fits into the camera and the other end tied to a large steel washer; knelt on the washer and wrapped the excess string around my arm to take up the slack and tighten the string. The second shot was then over-laid on top of the first shot in my digital darkroom.

First Shot:

Date: 6/22/2012 10:22 pm
Focal Length: 25mm
F-Number: F/5.9
Exposure: 1/250 sec (w/built-in flash)
ISO: 100


Second Shot:

Date: 6/22/2012 10:22 pm
Focal Length: 25mm
F-Number: F/5.9
Exposure: 1/2 sec (no flash)
ISO: 100

- Mark Davis


What better place to capture Heat than in New York. The city just gets on with living, regardless of temperature, even though roads melt and aircon units run on overdrive. I knew one place close to me that would certainly provide me with a great photo for this challenge.

I took a walk after work to Washington Square Park to watch New Yorkers cool off in the fountain. I captured people sitting in the water, playing in the fountain jets, and just letting the spray fall on their faces to cool off in the 98 degree heatwave.

My chosen shot encapsulates the heat of the day, as the sun was low in the sky. The warmth of the orange hue and the cooling sensation of the subjects in the fountain together just worked perfectly. I was shooting on my Canon 500D with a fixed 50mm Canon f1.8 lens which i find is great for capturing these moments, plus it meant i didn't have to get into the fountain with my camera to get the shot!


- Jon Darren

History of shot:
We had this week-end the opportunity to go in a farm belonging to my wife grand parents. It hasn't been lived in for 50 years. I took the decision to try a very antic bread oven, very large one that was used to make 15 or 20 kilos of bread for a week period in the older time. I was concerned about the solidity of it and the cracks in the structure after such a long time of exposure to humidity and ... time erosion. So I began this morning with 10 pieces of wood and progressively put it in heat with an additional equivalent of 0,2 cubic meter of wood. The site of the oven is a bit larger than the one you find in true pizzeria, around 4 meter diameter (12 feet). After 1 hour of burning, temperature was perfect (around 800°C - given by color of iron stick left among wood pieces). So I spread the incandescent pieces away, at a fair distance to lower temperature in central piece and let the leaf of bread in the middle of the fire. Wow, 3 minutes later, it began to expand, grow, live in fact. Kind of magic for me as well as for my 7 kids. 10 minutes later, it was becoming well done, rapid running to grab my camera, 4-5 shoots to capture the atmosphere and the magic feeling of making bread in more than a century old which had been dormant for half of its life ...


Shot technical éléments :
4 meters to close depth and keep focus on bread ... but also to avoid heat ;)
18-270 mm Tamron, around 110mm focale set-up - stabilized and auto focus, speed of 1/250, opening of 6.4, iso of 1600.
Body : Canon EOS 60D
Memory card : SanDisk, 16Gb, 30mb/s
Natural light, no flash used in order to get a real sense of fire deep colors

- Pierre Paperon


This is the High Park Wildfire that is currently burning west of Fort Collins, Colorado. The photo was taken during sunset from Lake Loveland in Loveland, Colorado. I believe this is day 15 of the fire and it has burned around 200 homes and 81,190 acres. If the fire isn't hot enough for you, this photo was taken on the hottest day of the year (so far) with temps just over 100 degrees.

Photo information: taken June 23 at 9:04pm, Canon EOS 60D camera, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens at 250mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1.3 seconds

- Logan Thomas


Shot this with my Canon T2i and a thrifty fifty lens (Canon 50mm f1.8). My roomies were smoking hookah and it was just too prefect. Aboot three minutes after getting this shot their stupid cat pulled on the hose and knocked the whole thing on the ground burning the carpet. If you ever do a challenge for ruined carpet I know just the shot to get.

Shutter Speed:1/64 second
Focal Length:50 mm
ISO Speed:6400

- Jack Gillow-Wiles


I took this picture using a Canon Rebel EOS T2i with the stock EFS
18-55mm lens.
ISO 1250
1/100 second exposure

I was out in the yard trying to come up with ideas of pictures to take
when I thought I would see what this weeks shooting challenge was. I
looked it up on the fly using my phone and started putting ideas
together. My dad had a fire going and I thought about checking that
out for some ideas, but remembered I had a lighter in my pocket and I
could just burn random stuff and see where that got me. I found a
branch with some dead leaves on it and lit it on fire and snapped a
shot and it turned out pretty well. But after I reviewed the image I
came up with another idea. I found another branch with dead leaves on
it. The next step was to find a spot where the sun shone through the
trees. I placed some of the leaves in the sun and some in the shadow
and lit the ones in the sun on fire trying to make it appear as the
heat of the sun caused the leaves to combust.

- Chad Walters


Camera: Panasonic TS10
F-Stop: 3.5
ISO: 80
Exposure Time: 1/60sec
Exposure Bias: +0.3 step
Flash: ON

I demonstrated to my friends the previous night of this photo that
oversized sappy Coulter Pine Cones make fantastic fire starters. Which
led us to Pine-Cone-Apocalypse this night filling our fire pit with
about 25 of these guys! Big, Hot, Satisfying fire. It burned pretty
quick and as embers started to settle at the bottom and I saw my shot.
It was a pretty hot fire with that sap fueling it, so to get close I
attached my camera to my tripod and held it horizontally to the
ground. Putting the timer on 10sec I had just enough time to position
myself and thrust my camera directly into the flames (below the smoke
for the flash) and shoot down into the heart of the fire before
yanking it back out to cool and adjust setting for the next shot. My
friends thought I was an idiot for treating my camera like a
marshmallow, My black metal bodied camera got pretty hot from a few
shots, but I think the resulting photo was worth the risk.

- Joshua Hubert


This photo was taken with my Canon T2i out in the deserts of Yucca Valley (neighbor to Joshua Tree). After turning an old washer drum into a makeshift fire pit, we decided to see what we could shoot with some flashlights, gathered wood, and a long exposure. Shot with a 24-85mm lens, ISO 400, f/7.1, for 10 sec.

- Sean Ferris



Canon 7D, f/1.8 50mm, 1/640 shutter, 1600 ISO, standard desk lamp


I'm a terrible cook. I'm also not ashamed to admit that I eat to live, as opposed to the other way round. Still, inspiration is found in the strangest of places…


During the relatively easy task of cooking some pasta, I got distracted by god knows what. A couple of minutes later I heard that all familiar hissing noise. Seeing the little droplets of water skate across the hotplate until there was nothing left instantly gave me the idea for this challenge.

I set up the tripod in the kitchen and framed the shot. I knew I wanted to hide as much behind the hotplate as I could, so I got a desk lamp set up as close as I dare so that the background was in darkness. I then switched off the room light, set the camera into burst mode and poured a steady stream of water onto the hotplate. After 3 attempts I decided that I'd made enough of a mess, so I went over the images.

The final image is composed of two shots. Most of the image was my favorite pick of the water movement as it hits the hotplate. However, I caught some really nice, wispy steam in another shot where all the water had evaporated, and I wanted to work this in to complement the overall shape of the image. The only other post work was simple hue/saturation adjustment.


- Adam Moore

Canon 60D
ISO 400, f/6.3, 270 mm, 1/640

A few years ago we accidentally left a crayon out on our deck in the sweltering summer heat - the result made for an interesting photo. So with the current challenge of "heat" and a timely heatwave this weekend, I remembered this event and sacrificed another crayon for a photo. It took maybe only 2 hours for the red crayon to go from solid to liquidy wax in our 90+ degree heat. For some reason the yellow crayon didn't suffer as badly...


- Cheryl MacLean

When I was a teenager I used to play with this stuff all the time and imagined it would be a great subject for a light painting essay. It looks like a weld fire specs on steroids and the effect on a long exposition is even better than seeing it with naked eyes, witch is pretty cool too.


I had the idea to take this picture for a long time. When I saw the contest I called a few friends via Facebook and we did it the same night.

This is actually the last frame of the night when I took about five metallic sponges that are VERY flammable, tied it to a small chain, lighted it up and started to swing. I had my equipment with the composition setup and asked for a friend to press the button for me (with a 2s delay to avoid unpleasant shaking).

During those frames I got a lot of this fire specs on my cap, clothes and even on my neck. I did not get burnt, but my cap had some black melted spots in it. As far as I know they actually burn at thousands of degrees when they fly off, but they have so little mass that they cool down too fast to cause harm, in most cases. But it is probably unpleasant and dangerous to get one on the eye though. Although I did it as a kid I do NOT think anyone should do it without proper adult supervision.


Those pine trees are typical from where I live, in Curitiba, southern of Brazil, and its seeds are delicious cooked or roasted.

- Marcelo Ribeiro


I shot this picture using a block of ice and gel alcohol. For the kids who want to try it at home they should know that liquid alcohol does not work. Some how it doesn't catch on fire when mixed with water, I wonder why! I almost set my home in fire when trying to shoot a shot glass filled with alcohol that broke and spread it around in flames.
Shot it with a Canon 500D with a 100mm macro lens, 3.2s exposure, f/4 and ISO 200.

- Caio Arantes


I've always wanted to enter the shooting challenge and never have, until now. My shot was taken on an Iphone 4 using ProHDR. This may not fit your normal manual camera standards. But I enjoy the fun of being able to just grab a few shots with my phone.

I live in Ireland and this years summer is slow to start and kind of cold and mostly wet. So a lot of people are still lighting their fires or stoves. My partner's mother was no exception. It's unusual to see the stove lit at this time of year. So thinking of the shooting challenge I decided to take a few snaps, as I sat on the raised hearth, the heat slowly baking me. I think the ProHDR one came out the best as it captures the interior of the stove and the different hues in the flame from bog turf.

- Paddy Clifford


This photo was taken with a Canon 5D MkII, 35mm lens at f/4; ISO 100; speed 1/60

The special story behind this photo is one of a sentimental nature, every year for 5 years past I have thrown my wife a birthday Bon Fire at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, CA. It is filled with friends and family, laughs and cries. Winds and sandy burgers and dogs, you know all the great little things that make a kick off to summer at the beach what it should be! She turned 25 this year, Happy Birthday Molly Marie Williams.

- Jeremy Williams


I was looking around my house for heat sources and saw this bulb over my kitchen island and it looked really mysterious through the lens. Light and heat are very closely related and it comes out very nicely in this picture. The bulb looks like a sun during an eclipse and warmth of the glow is is seen on its surface and the ceramic shade around it. I deliberately overexposed the shot and increased the black to accentuate the shadows and bring out the intensity of the heat and light.

Shot with a Lumix GF3 f2.5 25mm. Touched up in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

- Sidd Gupta


Nikon d5100 55-300mm lens,speed priority setting set at 1/30 sec f5.6,lightly tone mapped and photoshopped(cs6) to enhance detail,contrast,used minimum focus at 4 feet with full zoom 55-300 lenses,tripod mount,with one finger on the shutter release and the other holding a water bottle 24 inches above a a flaming hot skillet i shot 400 pics as i dripped water over the skillet trying to capture that frenzied moment of about seven decent one this i liked for the picture shows the water resisting,steaming and exploding.also had small halogen lamp 2 inches from pan to help with illumination.

- Steve Wolfhope


This photo was taken with a cheap set of macro tube extensions I found on amazon. They take away auto focus, aperture control, and force me to shoot in manual, but the results are always fun. For this shot I mounted the match to a tripod using a set of vice-grips. After I got the focus set the match was set on fire with another lit match. It is interesting how things look at this macro level. BTW - love this Tamron 18-270 VC macro lens.

Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Tamron 18-270mm VC macro
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/64 sec
Focal lenth: 200mm

- Rob Hall


Canon T2i(550D),Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS II,ISO200, f/10, 2.5s

I was ironing some clothes the whole morning before I learn about this contest.The first hot/warm thing that came to my mind was the iron I was using while sweating all over myself and being careful not to touch the steaming metal. I stamped the iron on a fax paper and got this image.

- Jason Chan

This image was lost some time after publication.


One of the best part of summer is, the bonfires. Gathering wood, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. Brings everyone close together for those late nights, just reminiscing and having a good time.

- Taylor Clancy


I originally shot this many, many moons ago - back when I was a worse
photographer than I am now. I like the concept but not the execution, so I
went back and tried again just this night. The results, you can see, are
much better this time around.

- Tony

This image was lost some time after publication.


My Girlfriend just graduated from the University of Rochester.

As a final goodbye we decided to burn all of her papers and take a few photos of the heat.

I used a Nikon D5000-Tamron 17mm-50mm set at 35mm-2.8 aperture and a 1/1000 shutter speed. ISO 1250. Didn't really get fancy just got a picture that captured the flames, paper, and burns


- Jeffrey Farrell