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GeezaGOLD Member
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Posted:
I have seen a lot of good ones from Nick Woolsey and other people but i recently found these on flowtoys pictures



Credit goes to Jon Alien



Alien Jon, 9 petal+extension


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Alien Jon, 6 petals


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Alien Jon, 3 petal+extension




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I love the first one, how do you get the extension part around the petals?

DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Simple long arm whilst the other arm does a normal flower smile

Wicked pictures though biggrin

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Fire_MooseSILVER Member
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Posted:
My question is how is he not blurred?

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
By using a flash after the long exposure.
i.e. the shutter is held open for 2.5 seconds (or whatever) to get the light trails, then the flash goes to capture the person in still motion.
Clever shtuff hey smile

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willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
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Posted:
Get your shutter speed very slow, with a flash at the end, in low light conditions. The slow shutter before the flash captures the lights, and the final flash lights up the spinner just for a moment.

Really nice effect, works with fire, but not quite as well as the flames do provide some illumination of the spinner so some slight blurring will occur.

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astonSILVER Member
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Location: South Africa


Posted:
:O

Makes me want LED poi even more. Wish that I had money to give to Flowtoys in exchange for poi. frown

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KnoxiousGOLD Member
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Posted:
Can I shamelessly self promote? biggrin


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*HyperLightBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Lovely photo's - those flowers look fantastic!

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Knoxious - no, it seems you can't wink

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astonSILVER Member
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Posted:
Way nice pics....

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DarkOrangenewbie
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Posted:
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Get your shutter speed very slow, with a flash at the end, in low light conditions. The slow shutter before the flash captures the lights, and the final flash lights up the spinner just for a moment.



I am not sure when the flash goes off is important. If you make it go off at the end of the exposure, (second curtain sync) you do not have a choice as to the pose the subject is in. Have it go off at the start and you get exactly what you expect.

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Really nice effect, works with fire, but not quite as well as the flames do provide some illumination of the spinner so some slight blurring will occur.



Close the aperture right down and wind the flash right up for reduced blurring and better looking fire.

willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
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Posted:
Good point on the first one, I stand corrected.

And point 2 I'll have to mess with a bit I think!

By which I mean I'll spin and Andi can play with all that complimacated technobabblry hehe biggrin

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DarkOrangenewbie
4 posts

Posted:
I can understand the assumption that the flash needs to go off at the end of the shot for it to look good, as I thought the same thing. The proof is in the results however.


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As for the aperture stuff, compare these two images:


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This above image was done at a medium ISO (sensitivity) but with the aperture wide open. Note the fire trails are just white over-exposed blurs, with no texture and the blurry artist.

Compare that to this one:


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While I feel there is a lot of room for improvement, this is a better photo. The closed up aperture (F13) means the flame does not overexpose the sensor, allowing more colour and texture to it. Also, the sensor does not see the flame-lit subject very well which prevents blurring. This does, however, result in the need for a brighter flash which can blind/stun the performer.


As an example, the very top photo in this post was made by closing the aperture, winding up the flash and puting the camera into "Bulb" mode. (The exposure time is determined by the length of time you have the finger on the button)

When the performer was in a position I liked, I pressed the shutter. This fired the flash, exposed the performer, and then I kept the shutter open as I slowly panned the camera to the left for two seconds while the performer was in darkness, then I released the shutter. (The panning was to get the flame trails away from the performer into the otherwise empty space of the photo.)

While I suspect this process will need to be fine-tuned for areas that are well lit, I find it gives me the photos I like. I understand others may aim for a different style of photo, in which case, post your technique so we can try it for ourselves.

dncnewbie
28 posts

Posted:
If people have an ook at some light painting techniques than they may figure it out a bit more, hell you could always try to take a photo like 'Centaur' which features picaso drawing a centaur with a torch. if people can work out how that is done than they should be able to take better pictures... biggrin

Fire_MooseSILVER Member
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Is that the one? Pretty impressive.

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astonSILVER Member
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Posted:
Thassa centaur?

Guess I need to bone up on my abstracter art skills....

Nice advice by the way.

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dncnewbie
28 posts

Posted:
Yeah if someone can figure out (I already know, and have done copy's) the technique than this should seriously help with fire poi and general poi photography.

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