Every year Bishop's Stortford Camera Club holds a meeting during our summer season which is affectionately known as the evening where we set fire to Brian, our membership secretary. Of course we don't really set him alight but Brian is always very keen to set fire to wire wool and spin it around his head so we can photograph it! This year we convened at a new venue, with a lake to provide some reflections in our photos. Brian came armed with lots of wire wool, several whisks (into which you insert the wool before setting it alight) and a long dog lead to keep the flames at a safe distance - all vital ingredients for spark photography.
A little experimentation led me to a ten second exposure time - long enough to capture the sparks and short enough for the surroundings to become completely dark. I've played around with the colours a little before posting them here. The first picture is pretty much as it came out of the camera, although I've enhanced the blue glow created by some neon signs in the background. However, with the other two I've tweaked the white balance and added a little selective colour to give a different effect. The final image was taken away from the lake, with Brian and Grant swinging the burning wire wool above their heads in tandem. I love the effect it creates as the sparks bounce along the ground - they almost seem like enormous alien spiders creeping towards the camera!
9 May 2017