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Just Another Flaming Hot Date Night


When the wife and I have a 'date night', it's not always your typical run of the mill sort of thing. In fact we know how to keep the spark alive! We found an interest that we share in long exposure photography and our Saturday night became extraordinary as we attempted to add fire poi to our burning steel wool shots.

full moon and fisherman on beach
A few test shots of the setting to get us going proved to yield great results, thanks in part to the gorgeous full moon in the sky and one of the many anglers out trying to get their catch of the night. Our ‘catch’ was of a slightly different kind, but no less rewarding, I’m sure!

fire poi photography
Chilli Padi’s shot of our first run failed to catch the steel wool sparks, but it did produce some interesting fire hoops that totally lit me up.

out of focus fire poi photography
Due to the fact that I had forgotten to bring a flashlight, getting the focus point dialed in proved to be an issue on that first trial run.

steel wool fire poi corkscrew
Taken with an Olympus E-PM1 kit lens; exposure 22.8 seconds; f/7.1; 14 mm; ISO 200

Then with the use of a cell phone for light we managed to get the focus set properly and got much better results. It was really interesting how the fire poi added such a different element to the shot.

steel wool fire poi corkscrew
Taken with an Olympus E-PM1 kit lens; exposure 17.5 seconds; f/7.1; 14 mm; ISO 200

An attempt at doing that last shot over did in fact yield different results. At first glance it looks like a cursive writing of c’s and e’s, but if you look closer, it’s me!

steel wool fire poi loops
steel wool fire poi loops
Taken with an Olympus E-PM1 kit lens; exposure 15.7 seconds; f/7.1; 14 mm; ISO 200

Our last big shoot of the night was this and I'm really pleased with the results!

steel wool fire poi loops closeup
Cropping out a zoomed-in part of my shot shows how the fire poi added an extra element of detail and light that I've never seen in anyone else’s shot.

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Then the time to pack up had come so any leftover fuel in the poi had to be burned off. This also killed my makeshift macramé fire poi. No worries though, I'll whip up another for our next hot date!

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