Fire painting

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Fire painting is a photographic lighting technique using fire as a light source. The term fire painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame using fire sources.

Techniques[edit]

By moving the fire source, the fire can be used to selectively illuminate parts of the subject or to "paint" a picture by moving it around the subject the camera lens. Fire Painting requires a slow shutter speed, usually a second or more. Alternatively shooting fire to capture its unique texture and shape requires very fast shutter speed, normally 1000th of a second.

Equipment[edit]

Primary items required are Kevlar ropes or straps, these are then soaked in Coleman fuel or Paraffin[disambiguation needed] and lit - a variety of devices can be used to hold these, ranging from metal frames to tie the straps to or long poles to hang the strap from.

A tripod is usually necessary due to the long exposure times involved. Alternatively, the camera may be placed on or braced against a table or other solid support. A shutter release cable or self timer is generally employed in order to minimize camera shake.

Primary items required.

Safety First[edit]

Please know that playing with fire and flammable fluid is very dangerous.

Please make sure you follow some basic safety advise before you continue.

  • Never light the strap close to the open container of flammable fluid. Flammable fluid will be dripping off the strap when you remove it from the jug which will leave a trail of flammable fluid on the ground - this will catch fire.
  • Always close your flammable fluid bottle. Move it far away from where your jug/starting point will be.
  • Stay clear of anything that can catch fire, bushes, trees, grass and cars.
  • Keep a wet towel close by, wrap this around the strap to kill the flames.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by, just in case.
  • Once you have completed the pass you will extinguish the flame by wrapping the strap/rope in a wet towel, ensure this is prepared and ready.
  • Use your common sense. You do this at your own risk and that of others around you.
  • Never do this alone, always take an assistant with you.

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