How to make Fire and Light Paintings - Redwoodtwig

Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

Fire spinners love to see pictures of themselves in action, and it hard to make an exposure the right speed to catch both the spinners and the fire.  Here the pair of them held their position for the 3/4 of a second at F6.3 I used to make the picture.   As you can see, though, the details of the bodies and faces are nearly impossible to make out.

Plus, more often than not, the autofocus will not work under conditions like these, and using the manual focus, either through the viewfinder or peering at the LCD is only marginally better since the dancers are not usually standing in one place long enough to work the manual focus.  So I generally use the only approximately accurate distance indicated on my screen and turn the manual focus dial until the distance indicated is about what I estimate it to be.

Fire spinners love to see pictures of themselves in action, and it hard to make an exposure the right speed to catch both the spinners and the fire. Here the pair of them held their position for the 3/4 of a second at F6.3 I used to make the picture. As you can see, though, the details of the bodies and faces are nearly impossible to make out.

Plus, more often than not, the autofocus will not work under conditions like these, and using the manual focus, either through the viewfinder or peering at the LCD is only marginally better since the dancers are not usually standing in one place long enough to work the manual focus. So I generally use the only approximately accurate distance indicated on my screen and turn the manual focus dial until the distance indicated is about what I estimate it to be.