After getting 40 or 50 shots like the one below, I got lucky and pressed the shutter a split second before a drop of grease fell on the flames and caused the flare up pictured above.
Referred to in college as the “spray and pray” method, taking numerous shots in quick succession allows dramatic but fleeting action to be captured.
When dealing with anything happening quickly, be it rain drops, food splatters, or the spark of lightning, if you see it in your viewfinder before pressing the shutter, the shot has already past and you are left hoping it repeats itself so you can have another chance. Many times, you can make a rough judgement about when the action is going to occur by counting the seconds in between each sequence and then, a second or two before the next cycle, spray off 10 to 12 shots.
Though it can take up a chunk of memory and require a little timing and patience, waiting for the right time can boost the interest factor of your image exponentially—from the warm ambient glow of the fire to the attention-grabbing highlights of the flame reflected on the brat—capturing the elusive can be incredibly rewarding.