Experimenting with Steel Wool

I use to be of the type that regarded photography opportunities to plumet once the sun had set and the ambient light got very low but that's entirely not the case. If you own a cable release and and a sturdy tripod then the creative possibilities can carry on well into midnight.

Lately I've been captivated by a number of phenomenal photographs of people spinning steel wool in some fascinating locations where the sparks illuminate the area in the most sublime way and I've been eager to experiment myself.

The fantastic part aside from actually shooting such a spectacular is that it's completely unnecessary for me to describe in detail how we did it and what we utilized in view that there's a tremendous amount of instructions circulating the web already with all this information.

I suggest this YouTube video or this DIY Steel Wool Long Exposure article. Just as significant as the tools and camera settings, you'll also need at least 1 or 2 friends that are as adrenalized as you are to pull off such as stunt, so my hat goes off to both Rob Broadbent and Jose Tutiven for assisting. Here's an Instagram video I took while Rob was spinning the steel wool.

The entire operation is not grueling at all to pull of but you'll get to a point where it becomes less about the proper method of spinning and more about the setting in which you do it because the backdrop adds as much to the photograph as the airborne sparks.