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This shot was taken at South Lakes Park in Oklahoma City.
We went out that night to try our hand at burning steel wool.

This shot was taken at South Lakes Park in Oklahoma City.
We went out that night to try our hand at burning steel wool.
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angeladignasbravin PRO
 
angeladignasbravin December 02, 2016
Breathtaking shot, real genius! Congratulations on this very well merited win!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle December 02, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
skeeterarnold PRO+
 
skeeterarnold December 02, 2016
Thank you.

That night was my first time trying this technique. I ended up with a few good shots that night but this is my favorite.
smileygirl01
 
smileygirl01 December 03, 2016
Congratulations, outstanding creativity!
PSD9253
 
PSD9253 August 06, 2017
Fantastic Image.....well done!
brandonmontrone
 
brandonmontrone November 02, 2017
Super awesome shot....I am big fan of mirrored images and this one is spectacular. Great work.
skeeterarnold PRO+
 
skeeterarnold November 03, 2017
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
christiankieffer PRO+
 
christiankieffer February 07, 2018
well done, congrats
skeeterarnold PRO+
 
skeeterarnold February 13, 2018
Thanks
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skeeterarnold February 19, 2018
Thank you, Peoples Choice means a lot to me.
skeeterarnold PRO+
 
skeeterarnold February 27, 2018
Thanks Pitzi
skeeterarnold PRO+
 
skeeterarnold April 20, 2018
Thank you
ssshoot
 
ssshoot Feb 09
Great shot! Would be great to see this in my challenge!
viewbug.com/challenge/wire-wool-spinning-photo-challenge-by-ssshoot
thomasjduffy
 
thomasjduffy Feb 10
Amazing
skeeterarnold PRO+
 
skeeterarnold Feb 14
Thank you. It was a lot of fun creating this image.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I was at South Lakes Park in Oklahoma City.
Time
This shot was taken at 9:29pm. I met a few friends at the park at 8:30pm to try this and ended up having so much fun that we didn't leave until 2:30am.
Lighting
We were at a public park so there were horrible orange lights everywhere. I changed the in-camera White Balance until I found one that cut most of the orange light out. I used no flash because there was enough light already for an 8-10 second exposure.
Equipment
I used my Sony a77 with the 18-55mm kit lens. The tripod was a Manfrotto 3021 Pro with a Manfrotto 488RC2 ball head.
Inspiration
I have seen this kind of photo for years and just recently started thinking about trying it myself. A photographer friend called to see if I wanted to go out and shoot over the weekend. We eventually decided to try this technique. After buying a couple of packs of "000" steel wool, we headed to the park.
Editing
I did some post-processing in Lightroom. Changing the in-camera White Balance reduced the orange light and I corrected the rest in post. I also removed a few "unsightly" pieces of trash on the shoreline and slightly darkened the fence/soccer goals on the right side of the image and added a touch of clearity and vignetting.
In my camera bag
My bag usually has a Sony a77 camera, 18-55mm, 75-200mm Sony kit lenses and a 180mm Tamron (dedicated macro) lens. Manfrotto 3021pro tripod with ball-head, and an assortment of filters.
Feedback
My advise to someone wanting to try this technique is to be safe and have fun. That being said: you are essentially "playing" with or "flinging" fire/sparks so take care and make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. Don't catch anything of fire! There was a lot of due that kept the grass wet so we did not have to worry about it catching a spark. We pulled apart the "000" steel wool and stuffed it into a whisk then attached the handle of the whisk to a short rope. At the other end of the rope we tied a loop in order to spin it around one finger. I would HIGHLY suggest either wearing a glove to avoid rope burn on said finger (lesson learned) or attach something you can hold onto that will allow the rope to spin freely. We used long "grill" lighters but the wind became an issue. I would recommend using a 9v battery to ignite the steel wool.

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