Challenge #4: Sparkler pics!

These pics aren’t exactly earth shattering, but the boys and I had a blast taking them.  They had some great ideas that we tried- some worked and some didn’t.  It’s a lot easier to “draw” with flashlights.  Sparklers burn out in about two minutes so your time is very limited.  I tried having the boys write each letter of our last name in sparklers, but most of them were unrecognizable 🙂 .  The hardest thing about writing Speelman was getting it written fast enough, but I finally did it! 

I hope you all had fun with this challenge.  This is definitely a technique that requires a lot of trial and error.  I always have great ideas in my head that I can’t quite pull off, but I have a lot of fun trying :).

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July 2, 2011 - 12:09 pm

rachel - Oh my gosh, those pics are GREAT!!! I love the angel and the speelman and all of it, so fun!

July 2, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Jani - We have only tried the flashlight painting — still hope to try the sparklers at some point. It was lots of fun.

July 2, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Anne Morrow - Melissa- These ROCK! I love the last one…

July 2, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Melissa - Awesome pics Jani!!!

July 2, 2011 - 7:50 pm

Andrea McClain - Wow these are just awesome!!!

July 4, 2011 - 12:38 pm

slmnontec - Great photos. I don’t understand why I can’t see the person holding the light source. Did someone outline your son or did he somehow do that himself. Perhaps you could explain the technique to me. Even with the settings, I couldn’t get the same effect. Thanks for great photos!

July 4, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Mel - slmnontec- There are a couple reasons you can see my son clearly, but you cannot see me outlining him. I believe that exposure is 6 seconds long. Isaac is standing very still while I am moving behind him. The sparkler is illuminating him- not me, so my movements are not recorded. If I had stood still while outling him the camera may have recorded a bit of my image, but I am in constant motion. If you look at the photo with our last name you can faintly see several sets of my feet. Light was being reflected onto my feet which remained relatively still for a second or two as I moved along. I’m wondering how long your exposures are. Are you able to see the person outling in your photos? Is it completely dark outside? The key is to have the person outling to be in constant motion. If your flash fires at any time you will see everyone involved very clearly (which can be kind of cool too). Feel free to email me your photo and settings and I’ll see what I can recommend-

July 4, 2011 - 2:15 pm

Melissa - Just realized I spelled outlining wrong three times in that comment. Oops 🙂

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