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Steel Wool Photos (your best)

 
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Nov 21, 2011 19:58 |  #1

This thread is for all of those Steel Wool shots! I hope this thread does not turn into a thread about my shots but more a learning thread where others can learn from all of us learning from each other! Posting bad shots are the best way to learn, posting good shots is great for people to try to beat. This is NOT a post your best shot thread! This will hopefully be a good learning thread but your support is needed. Please post!

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Here is a video tutorial I just made....Click here (external link)


IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-7wx3rnJ/0/L/ShoreHam-L.jpg

For those of you who are not aware of Steel Wool Photography, Here is the deal.

Take Steel Wool type 00, 000 or 0000 and put it into some kind of holder. Set it on fire using a 9-Volt battery or a lighter and spin at a high rate of speed. It will melt and send sparks showering outward. ****FIRE HAZARD**** Molten pieces of steel are hot and can set things on fire...It is not as bad as it sound, kind of like getting it with welders sparks...bounces right off.

I use a kitchen whisk with a camera strap (first good use for a stock camera strap I have ever found)
IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-jB4qG3C/0/L/IMG0200-L.jpg

Here are some of my results
IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-XFcbpdz/0/L/bridge-L.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-ZMLCdMw/0/L/IMG2197-L.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-pWRbVcp/0/L/IMG7181-L.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-9gFmwF6/0/L/IMG9431-L.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-jV3QfXH/0/L/IMG9416-L.jpg

IMAGE: http://www.longislandwallpapers.com/Photography/Sparks/i-3trMPkr/0/L/IMG2200-L.jpg

I will go more into technique later if anyone is interested.

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Nov 21, 2011 20:14 |  #2

I'd like to know more...... very cool shots.


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Nov 21, 2011 23:37 |  #3

Haha liked the 7D strap!


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Nov 22, 2011 08:46 |  #4

This is so cool! I hope there is more to come.



  
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Nov 22, 2011 08:49 |  #5

Has anyone had the cops called on them for doing this? People around here would probably freak out if they saw me.



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Nov 22, 2011 09:10 |  #6

Here are a few from me... The details are available on my blog if you are interested...

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Nov 22, 2011 09:15 as a reply to  @ bulldogg7's post |  #7

Have only tried this once. I would like to find a spot to do it where the chances of getting arrested are low and is safer than my backyard.

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Nov 22, 2011 09:47 |  #8

From last weekend:

IMAGE: http://twilightscapes.com/forums/challenger-001.jpg

From two weeks ago:
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And some older stuff:
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Nov 22, 2011 10:07 |  #9

I would have thought that the cops would have been called on me a few times but not yet!

apixelintime, it looked from the photo and the thickness of the steel wool that you were shooting around f4 or so? I love these examples! Nice!!!

rstewart, This is a great first try, if your that worried about getting arrested you can do it and leave... the best part about this is that a long exposure will also allow you to do this at the end of the exposure with a remote and then you can pack up and go.

I will post a tutorial soon that I am working on, it should help


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Nov 22, 2011 10:09 |  #10

Todd = EPIC!!!! I love Chargers and I BOW TO YOU SIR! EPIC!!!!


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Nov 22, 2011 10:22 |  #11

Thanks man. I am so addicted to steel wool... I can literally do them over and over again and never tire of them!

As for cops, yes.. valid concern. I haven't been rousted for this yet, but I am sure I will at some point.

I bring a fire extinguisher with me, so that I at least can look prepared if a cop does catch me doing it.




  
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Nov 22, 2011 10:30 |  #12

I dont really recall and I don't have it listed on my blog, but my 4th one and Todd's third one look similar for a reason... I am not certain if they are from the same spin, but they are from the same set. I think I was using 000 in a whisk lit with a 9V - which may be the reason for the thickness...


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Nov 22, 2011 10:43 |  #13

That is really cool. Here's another option - take a whip, dip it in gas, and let r rip.

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Nov 22, 2011 11:02 |  #14

these are fantastic! how long is the shutter open for these?




  
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Nov 22, 2011 11:05 |  #15

Depends on the relatively lightness/darkness, but 30 seconds seems to be a good magic number...


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