Sparks Will Fly

January 11, 2010 | Category: Photography

 The Flaming Tube

This was a failed first attempt at attracting the authorities with flying sparks (some reaching heights taller than the freeway above us). More seriously, the sparks were made combing very fine grade steel wool, metal cabling and a 9V battery. All exposures were made using a Nikon D3 and a 17-35mm 2.8 lens. Exposure lengths vary, but most were around 8 seconds.

Things to work on:

  • Better location
  • Cleaner looking Orbs
  • Nicer cabling job (my hand was seriously bloody by the end of the night)
  • Wear all black next time

 Self Portrait

The Orb is Angry!

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  1. DPC
    on January 13th, 2010

    Insanely cool! Can you please elaborate on the “sparking apparatus” 😉

  2. Craig Moore
    on January 13th, 2010

    I think your on to something here. Very cool! I like your shots, especially the middle one with the hands out-stretched.
    Fresh, different, a new idea.
    Very Cool!

  3. Mindy
    on January 13th, 2010

    Nice! I love long exposure shots and these are very creative.

  4. Chris Driscoll
    on January 20th, 2010

    Great concept and execution.

  5. Sina
    on February 19th, 2010

    I like these shots. I don’t think you needed to work on location with the last two. I think the street kind of added to the impact.
    I would have to agree that the middle one looks very good. I’ll be very interested to see what you’ll come up with next.

  6. Brad Thompson
    on June 18th, 2010

    Awesome idea. It inspired me to try it in an old abandoned train tunnel but unfortunately I had a failed attempt. After all my setup, I couldn’t get the steel wool lite! I was trying with a lighter, I missed you had a 9 volt battery. Any tricks to getting it going like you did? Is the battery just to start it or does it always have to be connected to keep it going?


  7. Dan Newton
    on June 18th, 2010

    The 9 volt will ignite the wool when it touches. It is VERY important that you use a very fine steel wool (#0000) otherwise it won’t burn. I hope that helps. Don’t start any fires,

  8. Vipin
    on July 11th, 2011

    extremely beautiful man….good job…