January 13-14 - Fire and Water

January 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The photos for the last two days are the first of attempts at a style of image that I will probably be refining throughout the course of 2013, so these are the first attempts at each!

JANUARY 13

This is a long exposure of sparks coming off of a pad of steel wool.  Basically you but a pad of steel wool into a whisk with the whisk attached to a cable then you light it and spin it around.  You can start it with a lighter or 9-volt battery, just be sure you have your hair and skin covered up and are not near anywhere flammable!  I need to find some better places to make this a more interesting shot.

JANUARY 14

A drop of water.  The set up for shooting these is actually a bit complex, so the goal for today was to just get the basic setup down and successfully make a decent image.  The interesting part of this shot is that it's a long exposure (five seconds) and the drop is frozen with a flash firing right when the drop hits the water.  It's done in a room that's fairly dark and if you power down the flash to 1/128th power you can get a flash duration of around 1/35000 of a second.  There's lots of different ways to modify these shots, so hopefully it will give me a some additional interesting stuff in the future!

Orange Drop


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