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The all seeing fireball by kharashov The all seeing fireball by kharashov
Ever since seeing some amazing pictures of fire spinning on Flickr, I've been really keen to try it out for myself. So, one night at a secret beach location south of Edinburgh, I gave it a go with a bit of help from a friend.

Basic ingredients for this (available from any DIY store) - fine wire wool, an egg whisk, a length of chain, a 9 volt battery, old clothes and something to protect your head and hands from sparks and (just in case) a fire extinguisher. Finally a camera with tripod and a long exposure setting on it completes the gear. Sorted.

I found the best time to do this is at dusk so you can still see the blue glow of the sky, but not enough to distract from the lovely lines of the sparks.

This was my go at doing a whole ball of fire, took me a while to get right(ish) and in the end I decided the symmetry was a bit off, so I used PS to make my own symmetry and combined two halves which I thought made a more pleasing shape. Terrible, I know, but it looks better. The actual fire and lines haven't been altered, they really do glow bright.

Wish it was a bit warmer outside, though! Couldn't feel my hands at the end of the session, which is quite ironic considering all the flame and sparks we produced.

Nikon D300 I Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 I Lots of other kit.
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fakewebname Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
What is the egg whisk used for? I have never used this technique but am very interested in it. I have never heard anyone else mention an egg whisk before.
kharashov Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Egg whisk contains the steel wire before you put the battery on it and light 'er up. Works very well!
fakewebname Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thanks so much. Great photo.
Glenn0o7 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   Photographer
Fantastic image :)
Great work :)
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lol. Very nice association.
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work
DuschanTomic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awesome image! Creative, well executed - just to look at and enjoy!
ChikaraSama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Lightpainting requires SO MUCH patience. I can imagine the effort you put into this great work! It's too bad you had to photomanip in the end but, c'mon, why not use the tools we have? =)
Gaaras-my-Hubbie Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe this has no comments. This is ABSOLUTELY amazing.
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December 6, 2011
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