Here it the first week of November…Christmas will be here before we know it!
This week, well until November 15, 2017, so a little longer than a week. We decided to have a FREE drawing! Enter to win one of two 11×14 prints. There can be TWO winners! Simply, like and follow us on Instagram @twostrangersphotography. On November 15, 2017 we will randomly pick Two winners. Winners have a choice of either a print from @uncle_egghead_photography or @mamojeep_photography. GOOD LUCK to all those who want to play along!
You can give it as a Christmas gift…or keep it for yourself…
Here are a few samples of prints that could soon be hanging on your wall, for you to gaze upon everyday!
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We always love to spotlight other photographers here.
This week Jeff and I went on a hike to see all the wonderful wildflowers,that are in bloom up Little Cottonwood Canyon. At the top is Albion Basin in the Wasatch National Forest. There was plenty of flowers ready to model for us!
Jeff captured a sunset on night out in the little town of Eureka, Utah. An old mining town. It looks like the cemetery stepped up to be center stage for his sunset backdrops.
We also went out to go to the Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina to see what might catch our eye to shoot. And we were NOT pleasantly surprised to find, 100’s of thousands…creepy, crawly, eight-leg web spinning spiders. Western spotted orb-weavers, that are great for the eco-system. So we do what we do and we snapped our shutters and took lots of photos of the little guys. They were very photogenic.
Here are a few of our selected photos we chose to feature on the blog…
Thank you for visiting… we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.