Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Sparkler Man

As they say: don't try this at home unless there's an adult present!
Thanks to my friend Alex Cowley for this one. Here he's standing in an almost totally dark room with two handfuls of kid's sparklers. The sort you can buy from a newsagent.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII
Aperture: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 36 secs
ISO: 100

The trick here, as I learned from Alex, is to rotate your arms in a circular motion very slowly which turning 360 degrees on the spot. It takes some doing but this is the sort of result you can get.
- If the room is not dark enough, the ambient light int he room gets recorded and the shot becomes to light and the EFX is almost unnoticeable
- Keep the ISO at a minimum otherwise the noise becomes nasty

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