Light Painting Stravaganza @ Middle Head Fort – Part II…

Light Painting Stravaganza @ Middle Head Fort – Part II – Steel Wool…

After our experiments with all manner of battery powered light we moved onto experimenting with burning steel wool. We started with the very very fine (0000) grade stuff indoors and moved onto the coarser medium grade stuff outdoors for some epic spins (thanks Gerry :))

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

In one of the small tunnels with lots of interesting textures and features inside we tried a combination of blue EL wire and spinning wool

Spiral – 225 second exposure (12mm @ f/8 @ ISO 100)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 225 sec at f/8, ISO 100

We moved to another room where we could spin into the room from a side corridor and photograph from within the room, I also switched up to my ‘ultra’ ultra wide so I could go out to 8mm and go huge!

Steel Works – 24 second exposure (8mm @ f/8 @ ISO 100)

NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 24 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Then we moved back outdoors to finish of the evening with some huge spins in the open area where we did the dome earlier

Spider – 16 second exposure (8mm @ f/8 @ ISO 100)

NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 24 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Reign of Fire – 24 second exposure (8mm @ f/8 @ ISO 100) – at which point we were considering the sanity of being bombarded with flaming pieces of metal… go hard or go home I reckon 🙂

NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 16 sec at f/8, ISO 100

One of the definite advantages of a light painting session is that since it takes literally minutes (10) to both setup and take each shot, there are relatively few shots to post process when you get home – I had less than 50 shots for the whole evening 🙂

A huge thanks to Kath for instigating and organising the shoot and for doing so much prior research and bringing an awesome level of goodies for the evening – I don’t think we even got to using over half of it – more fuel for a future session I reckon 🙂