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Steel Wool Painting Anyone?
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Originally from the Midwest, I was in urbex group that had its origins on, oddly enough, MeetUps.com. We would visit abandoned locations and occasionally do some light painting or steel wool painting. Everyone present seemed to favor longer exposures utilizing a tripod. Myself, however, enjoyed shorter exposures, and often times I was to lazy to bring my tripod as I found it cumbersome.

Side note, we did this in safe locations. Areas that had no flammable materials present.

Enjoy!

Comments welcome.

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< Reply # 1 on 4/3/2015 11:25 PM >
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Really like #4. Looks like fun. Of course if I tried it, I would give literal meaning to the saying "running around with your hair on fire". :-0

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< Reply # 2 on 4/4/2015 4:55 AM >
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Steel wool is always a party. It's part of our Christmas Day tradition here.

There was one idiot who tried doing this trick in the hallway of an abandoned mental hospital, with old drywall and wooden doors everywhere. Luckily he couldn't get it to light; I suspect he might've brought that dish scrubber that looks like steel wool. Foreigners, am I right?




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I always wondered about those dish washing Brillo pads and the blue "soap" type stuff that oozes out when you squeeze a wet pad. All of the steel will I've ever burned has been plain steel.




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I'll gladly offer up some pointers re: your photos when I'm
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I always wondered about those dish washing Brillo pads and the blue "soap" type stuff that oozes out when you squeeze a wet pad. All of the steel will I've ever burned has been plain steel.



Looking online, I'm not entirely sure this is the same substance we have over here.




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< Reply # 6 on 4/8/2015 12:04 AM >
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Thanks all! Yeah, we always had a lot of fun doing it. The group expanded into light painting and building little rigs.... I left prior to that really taking off. Running around with your hair on fire? Sounds fun! Steel wool painting with wood everywhere.... seems like a great idea, kinda like urbex with flip-flops and shorts! Well keep the comments coming! I am very interested in light painting but for the life of me cannot figure out how they do some of those elaborate shots. I've researched it extensively but never really found any pointers. Any suggestions or how-tos you know of or have stumbled across?




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It's about 3 or 4 years old now, but a while back I was asked to teach a workshop on light painting and I made up a little presentation with several example photos and pictures of some of my tools. Obviously it would have been more informative with my accompanying dialogue, but there are a few pointers in there, if you're interested. It's still on my website at:

http://www.tohella...LIGHT_PAINTING.pdf

Let me know what you think and if you have any specific questions or would like me to elaborate on anything, just ask.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to practice, practice, practice. I remember some participants at the workshop asking me why I'd give away my secrets. My answer was twofold - firstly, I didnt invent any of these techniques and they're all readily available on the internet. Secondly, knowing HOW to do something is much different than actually DOING it yourself. It's taken me many years and many thousands of shitty pictures to get where I am, and I'll never stop learning or practicing. You never know it all, and the only way to continue advancing your knowledge is through continuous practice.




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Here's a pic I shot. Not anything incredible or different but it was the first time I had done it.


enirus_en, on Flickr



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i really like 3 & 4. i would suggest trying to find a small/heavy duty tripod.
i picked this one up from Best Buy for $50 on sale. its on the small side,(fits inside my messenger bag) lightweight and heavy duty.

http://www.bestbuy...54011&lsft=ref:212

another thing that i would try playing with, is the BULB setting on the camera.
that way you can get a lot of different exposure lengths without having to adjust settings between shots.

keep up the good work and good luck



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Your shots looks cool! I've never actually tried it in abandoned buildings, but here's a few of mine...


Here's one done on a soccer field (first time)



Here's one done in a concrete pedestrian tunnel



My friend kayaked out to an island at night to get this one, while I stayed on land. He forgot the lighter so I had to canoe out to him, but the shot worked out ok.




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Really digging #4




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Thank you terapr0 for the link. I am just starting to learn how to use my camera and light painting looks like its going to be fun to experiment with




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I used to do so much of this! I haven't gotten to explore places where I could get away with this in years, but here's some older shots from the last couple of times I got to play with firewire. (Shots courtesy of my ex-partner, except I'm the one who almost caught on fire a couple of times)


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3. (I burned my neck doing this one, pieces of the steel wool would bounce off the walls of the drain and down the collar of my jacket)

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I haven't tried it in an abandon location but I will try it when I am in a larger storm drain. The first time was in a 3ft concrete tunnel, I nearly set myself on fire. Its a lot better out in the open IMO.

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