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Old Jan 9, 2012, 2:23 PM   #1
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So, I finally got around to trying that thing I had on the back burner for ages, I saw a YouTube video of a guy that took photo's involving burning wire (steel) wool, and I thought the results were amazing. The original photo's I saw were all in suburban areas, streets, roads, stuff like that, but I knew I couldn't get away with that where I live, so I decided to try it on the backroads near where my girlfriend lives. Remote, quiet, recently rained so the ground was wet and wouldn't catch fire, perfect.

The principle is very simple, get an egg whisk, attach it to the end of a chain (dog lead from the $/ shop), fill the egg whisk with puffed up wire wool, light it and twirl it around, trying not to get showered in molten steel.

I say the last bit seriously, I thought this would just be like a big sparkler, and the "sparks" would be relatively benign, those aren't sparks, they are blobs of molten metal, you could very seriously injure someone or set fire to something (or again, yourself)

On my first attempt I wasn't swinging it very hard, and it rained molten metal onto me, which wasn't very pleasant, but thankfully caused no more than a bit of pain and the smell of burnt hair...

Setting fire to it on the ground, the wool burns nice and slowly, as soon as you swing it around, you are forcing more oxygen into it, and the heat increases dramatically, do not underestimate this stuff.

Anyway, enough with the safety warnings, here's some pics!











Apologies for the watermarks, will sort that out later.

Thanks for looking, will be trying this again another time, but in a better lit area so there's some fore/background interest.

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Forgot tech specs:
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f/8 - f/11
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Old Jan 9, 2012, 9:45 PM   #2
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I like them as-is, hot stuff (can't say "very cool" since it's definitely not cool). I sure wouldn't want to try this anywhere around here - too much fire danger. They don't allow sparklers up here, there's no way I'd try something like this. I wonder if your fantastic abstract would get lost if you put something in the foreground? First and last are my favorites (first because you can see the burning wool bouncing off the street).
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Old Jan 9, 2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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Very cool photo's! I like them a lot!
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Thanks both!

Yeah this is definitely something that you you couldn't just try anywhere, if it wasn't for the fact it had been raining hard for a few days and the ground was soaked, I wouldn't have tried this. I seriously underestimated how hot this stuff would get, next time I'm taking more precautions (and definitely a hat!)
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Magnificent results,
I knew 'wire (steel) wool' could burn. I've seen someone put steel wool on fire with a 4.5V battery, to explain that you never keep steel wool and batteries in the same drawer.
But this is something I never would have expected.

Some cool (hot) stuff.

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Very nice shots, I normally try stuff like this with the grand kids but this time maybe my son. Looks like it would work nicely on a beach.

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Thanks both!

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Very nice shots, I normally try stuff like this with the grand kids but this time maybe my son. Looks like it work nicely on a beach.

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Yeah a beach would be perfect, I was thinking of trying it at a lake nearby to see if I can get a nice reflection, but not sure I can get there at night as the access is locked up in the evenings.
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Great creative idea and well done on the execution of the shots. I will have to try this at the lake this summer.

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Some amazing results with your (painful) experiment!
Just curious - which lens and what settings to get these great results?

PS - Not something I would try in our parks (it wouldn't look good for a Park Ranger to start a forest fire!)...
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Wow -- very creative. I'm glad you didn't get hurt!
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