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.

What a great weekend..

Last Friday night and 12+ hours on Saturday, Melanie and me had the privilege of attending a workshop hosted by @Photogadventures and @Photopills. The workshop was on using the Photopills app to plan your astrophotography outings. Photopills is amazing. We were taught how to scout out new areas using Google Earth and then with Photopills planning exactly the time and place the Milky Way will be located in relationship to your foreground subject to within a few feet. Want to know when the core will appear under Delicate Arch? Photopills can tell you the date and time that will happen. Wonder when the Golden Hour begins and ends in a month from now. Photopills has the answers. Photopills Developer Rafael Pons was our instructor. We were blown away with the details you can plan using the app. I am so excited to use it for my Yellowstone trip next month.

Saturdays session included a few more lessons from Rafael. Then we had some great classes from the @Photogadventures guys. Brendon Porter and Aaron King are so refreshing in their easygoing teaching style. Aaron’s lesson on Composition was amazing, sharing ideas I had never heard before. Check out @photogadventures on Instagram and their website. Tons of really good classes and weekly live podcasts. After class we all took a short road trip to the Wedge Overlook in Emery County. We hoped for Sunset and Milky Way shots however Mother Nature had completely another idea. Heavy clouds were greeting us and we waited a couple of hours but sadly the clouds never thinned out enough for amazing MW shots but it was so enjoyable to meet and spend time with some new photographers.

Here are a few shots Mel and I took.

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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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