The Whisk, My Favorite Cooking Utensil
Steel Wool photography is SO much fun.
What you need: 1 whisk, 1 string, 1 lighter, and as many bags of (fine) steel wool as you crave.
Attach said string to base of whisk. Insert one roll of steel wool into whisk. Hold end of string and swing in one mad circle. For photo purposes, try your hardest to keep the path of the whisk in place in a perfect circle.
Here are my very first examples I did a while back. (They suck, but I want you to see how far I've progressed.)
I didn't really do much photography for a while, and all that I did do has pretty much been lost. However, this is the very last shot that I took for the next year or so, and I love it. One thing about doing steel wool is that you have to choose between two different types. Do you swing in the open air to get nice, free falling lines of sparks? Or do you swing in an enclosure that creates a glowing frame of sparks around you? For this shot I didn't want to choose, and after a LOT of thought, I finally came up with this one. The bin I swung my steel wool in was one of those massive bins they use for debris when they tear down a house. It has those nice scrape lines along the wall, it's massive, and it is an open enclosure. I really haven't put in the time to do any more steel wool photos since, because I'm so darn happy with this one.