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The Human Catherine Wheel
The Human Catherine Wheel
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Challenge: Fireworks V (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
Location: Samouco, Portugal
Date: Jul 5, 2011
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30s
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2011

Well, finally me and Sam (31.gif Insomniac have managed to get together again to shoot something, it has been a while.

This was a lot of fun to do, and it was meant to be just a test shot, since we've never done this before.

Idea and concept go all to Sam, he remembered this one.

The sparks are created by burning steel wool.
This is dangerous, so please use at your own risk, and be careful.

We tied a piece of steel wool to the end of a steel wire, and then we set it on fire.
Steel wool doesn't exactly burn, it instead melts, but it's so thin that the reaction is very quick and strong.

Give it enough oxygen and it will produce huge sparks.

So just get a wooded shirt, some eyes and hand protection and then swirl the wool in circles, as you can see from the scale, the sparks were over 30-feet high!

Since we had no idea if it was going to be strong or not, we chose an isolated beach, where no fire hazards were present.

Then it's just a long exposure, about 15 to 30 seconds, and the result is this.

Much better examples if you google for "burning steel wool".

A couple of outtakes from that day:

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 62
Avg (all users): 7.0231
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.8333
Avg (non-participants): 7.0957
Views since voting: 3058
Views during voting: 501
Votes: 130
Comments: 21
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07/19/2011 10:41:02 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

This is very nice. I was one of your 10's I was surprised it didn't ribbon, but HM is sweet too "-)


Thanks Robert :) Can't complain, since it started as a fun experiment, but we did learn from it, which is more important.
Regards,
Joao
07/19/2011 09:27:46 AM
This is very nice. I was one of your 10's I was surprised it didn't ribbon, but HM is sweet too "-)
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07/14/2011 09:51:05 AM
Congrats on the HM. I enjoyed the creativity on this shot. Thanks for sharing the "how to"!
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07/13/2011 08:25:40 AM
Congrats Joao! Very difficult to achieve such perfection with this technique. You have created magic here! Congrats on the HM!
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07/13/2011 08:25:39 AM
Congrats Joao! Very difficult to achieve such perfection with this technique. You have created magic here! Congrats on the HM!
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07/13/2011 03:35:22 AM
Congratulations my friend, great to see you back in the top 10 where you belong.

To anyone thinking about playing around with this idea, take João's advice seriously: two small sparks landed on my (cleverly) unprotected hand and the burns are only now just about healed.
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07/13/2011 02:18:19 AM
Awesome!
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07/13/2011 12:53:07 AM
an 8 from me... wonderful work!
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07/13/2011 12:10:51 AM
Waaaay cool!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/11/2011 11:10:33 AM
that is totally cool.
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07/10/2011 09:50:08 PM
One of my favorites! I like this composition alot, different from the rest!
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07/10/2011 04:58:14 PM
top 5 for sure.its amazing
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07/09/2011 09:56:19 AM
maybe this is winner
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07/08/2011 11:40:34 AM
It's a great set up...10
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07/07/2011 05:25:22 PM
WOW
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07/07/2011 05:09:08 PM
This looks very similar to some shots I saw on another site recently... Great photo, well executed.
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07/07/2011 11:54:09 AM
That is so cool!
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07/06/2011 09:15:46 PM
Fabulous!



I may or may not be voting, so please do not equate my comment with any score.
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07/06/2011 01:51:31 PM
very good idea & editing - 9
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07/06/2011 01:03:22 AM
Whoaaa, great stuff. 10
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07/06/2011 12:36:47 AM
Nice! This looked to fun to pull off
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