January 13-14 - Fire and Water
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!
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.
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!
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