Creating Magic with Steel Wool Spinning…

We have been asked, “How do you do that?!”

This week on Two Strangers Photography, we are going to give our learning lesson tips & all the ingredients you need to capture your very own magic with steel wool spinning. After you are finished reading and you are ready to set out on your quest for spectacular steel wool photos, please remember to practice safety first. You are playing with fire. Please take the necessary precautions, you are burning steel after all…fire extinguisher, clear safety glasses, long sleeve clothing, and gloves…and if you think of something else that is wise use it. (We are not responsible if you light something or someone on fire.) *Spin at your own Risk! *BE SAFE SPINNERS!

Ingredients: Here is a list of items that you will need to Create Magic…DSC_6771

Other items required: Camera, Tripod, flashlight, a remote is handy but not necessary, you can use the timer on your camera. Oh, and a friend or stranger to be your spinner (it is a lot easier with another person or several).

Now you have all your gear and are ready for your adventure….almost. Next you need to find a location to shoot. Scouting out during the day, when there is a lot of light by which to see. Find somewhere that nothing is likely to be lit by a flying spark. A Lake with a jetty, or a dock that the spinner can stand on, a bridge over a river, sand dunes, tunnels, empty concrete warehouse…get creative.

Arrive at your location before the sunsets to give you time to set up, decide what perspective, angle, and direction you want the spinner to spin. And where you will be with your camera. You can do some test shots to see what you like and if you want to change things. You will need your flashlight to shine on your subject (the person spinning) to focus your camera, it is best to shoot in Manual mode. Once you are focused the spinner can light the steel wool…and let the magic happen!

We will share with you the settings we used on our last spin. Keep in mind, that these change depending on the location, light, clouds, no clouds, full moon, and what we are wanting to create in your captures.

Here are Jeff’s photos from our last spin at Utah Lake. Jeff’s camera settings: Manual mode, ISO 400, 18mm, f/8.0, 20 sec.

Melanie’s photos from last spin at Utah Lake. Melanie’s camera settings first and second photos: Manual Mode, ISO 320, 28mm, f/10, 20 sec. Third photo: Manual Mode, ISO 320, 18mm, f/10, 20 sec.

We shot same scene with slightly different settings, our personal preferences, on what we like to create with our own images.

Remember Be a Safe Spinner.

We would love to see your captures. Please feel free to contact us at twostrangersphotography@gmail.com. We always love to spotlight other photographers here.

Have fun. Create Magic. Be a Safe Spinner.

Photographer in the Spotlight…

This week our featured IGer is @epaulsmith…

Paul is a wonderful photographer, whose work has been featured in @harleyandbucks restaurant located in Ogden, Utah. His photo of sunrise at Mesa Arch was chosen from thousand’s of entries and is shown on Delta Air Lines pre-flight video. We are so happy he has chosen to share his work with us and we recommend you give him a follow for some daily inspiration. We are thrilled to share a few of his pieces here on Two Strangers Photography.

You can visit him on @epaulsmith on Instagram and his Facebook page E Paul Smith, tell him Jeff sent you.


All time favorite photo from Jeff…
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The False Kiva

This is my most favorite photograph I’ve taken. This was a hike that was tougher than I thought it would be. (Probably shouldn’t of done it) But the reward of completing it was way more than I could imagine. To be at the Kiva was an incredible feeling. I was moved by being in a sacred place where the Indians worshiped and prayed. The more time I spent there the better the sky and lighting became. All in all, a day I don’t think I’ll ever forget. ~Jeff


All time favorite photo from Melanie…

sunrise at lp Sunrise at Lake Powell

This was taken early in the morning… I had just woken up, sitting there by myself contemplating the universe…(just kidding I was rubbing the sleep from eyes), it only last a split second, but I caught the magic! I love Lake Powell, it never disappoints. I have never witnessed another sunrise as spectacular as this one. I love photography and sharing my moments with everyone. ~Melanie @mamojeep_photography


Here at Two Strangers Photography, we thought it might be nice if we add a little learning lessons to our blog. We pick up things from here, there and everywhere. Sometimes, or more accurately we picked these up the hard the way…after the frustrating chaos…not before. We like to have hands on learning or learn by “oh snap, what just happened!”  Yep! that is how it usually works for Jeff and I. We mess up and then take the next 3 days to figure out how to un-mess it!!

Learning Lesson Tip:

*ALWAYS format your memory card in the camera when you want to empty the card. Never delete images on the card individually, or through your computer.

*The only way to improve your photography is to get out there and snap that shutter.

*Get creative & experiment, play with different f-stops and shutter speeds. See what kind of magic you can capture!

*Challenge yourself & find inspiration from others.

Thank you for stopping by…let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!

Get out there and snap that shutter!

Our Projects & Instameet Info

This week we would like to showcase a special friend of ours in Florida…

Peter @abundantgratitudeguy, is one of our fellow IG photographers. He captures amazing moments of clouds, the beach, the pier and snippets of his life. He definitely shares his passion and gratitude for life through his lens. He also loves infrared photography & is learning the art of this unique craft. Follow him on Instagram to see more of his amazing talent of photography @abundantgratitudeguy. Thank you for sharing your perspective beyond the lens, Peter. Our hearts and prayers are with your family this week, as Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida…


Jeff has been working on his black and white photography with a street series, and I must say it is pretty fantastic! Here are a few of his pieces…

I think this is truly some of Jeff’s finest work. He has done amazing. There is perfect contrast in each piece.


This past week, I went to an Ultra 4 race in the middle of nowhere, Fallon, Nevada…and practiced my motion blur, for about 12 hours, 8,000+ photos…I think I might have figured it out. Here are some highlights.


UPDATE: Instameet-  Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Utah Lake State Park (4400 Center St. Provo, UT) entrance fee 
is waive just mention the Instameet.
Time: 5:00pm-until we are done...
Giveways sponsored by: @utahlake, @baby_jeep_racing & @hobohammocks
Come meet fellow IGers and take photos, mingle, and enjoy and evening at 
the lake! Excited to meet everyone! 
Questions feel free to contact Jeff or Melanie at
twostrangersphotography@gmail.com or on instagram 
@uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography
We would also like to Thank all of our supporters:
@ig_favoritethings
@momentsofblonde
@whatiseefromhere
@westbysouthwest
@nicole_pino_d
@wowutah
@utahgram
Hopefully, I didn't forget anyone...
 

Lightroom Dashboard & the 50mm Challenge…

In our efforts to improve our photography, be inspired & motivated to expand our photography horizons. We stumbled upon LR Dashboard… www.lightroomdashboard.com
I learned that my lens of choice is 18-55mm, f-3.5-5.6: 50% of my photos are taken over the past 6 months have been with this lens. Jeff’s analysis turned up with the 18-250mm, f-5.6: 66% as his all time favorite. 
Having found out this useful information, we started discussing how it is so easy to get into a rut with our shooting. Jeff came up with a challenge to use a lens that we are NOT particularly fond of, and shoot with that lens for and entire week. We typically shoot several times a week or several times a day.  We decided that the 50mm is the winner for this challenge. Hopefully, we won’t throw our camera’s against a rock or toss them in the lake. Wish us the best of luck. 
We will run another analysis in 6 months and see if we are spreading our time evenly between our lens or if that is just the way we want to shoot. Or we might find another challenge hidden in the data.

**Try it out! We would love to hear your about your results. Also, if you would like to join us in this weeks challenge, we would love to see what you create with the 50mm lens. We would be honored to feature your photos here on twostrangersphotography.

Last week Jeff wrote about Perseid Meteor Shower. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy night, so Jeff was unable to shoot the Meteor Shower. However, he did get some pretty amazing shots! Take a look!
I was MIA for the meteor shower but here are a few photos that I took last week when Jeff and I went out on a photo-drive-about.
 
FYI: We are currently in the process of planning a 'InstaMeet'...
keep checking back with us for more info on the InstaMeet.

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