Steel Wool Photography – “End of Days”
Photo inspired by: Robert K. Baggs
End of Days
I had the opportunity to recreate Robert K Bagg’s idea last night with my good friend Bob Feigl. We were able to envision how to do this shot and with the help of Bob, it came to life! Steel wool is a lot of fun and can really make an image pop! (or catch on fire, lol) This shot was composed with an older table that Bob had in his garage, we then clamped an older piece of wood to the front of the table to give it that vintage effect. For the props on the table, we found an old oscilloscope as well as some antique tools that were collecting some rust that made for a great addition. The mask was purchased through eBay for about 20$ and I had to throw away the filter that came with it. (do not use the filter, they contain asbestos and were very fatal in the factory manufacturing process) We used an alternative, a trusty old vacuum hose, and it did the job perfectly.
For the background, I sat in front of a garage door that we had put a very large black backdrop up in front of. Two cameras were faced towards me right at the border of the background, these cameras were driven by remote. Yongnuo 603’s and 622’s for the TTL flash unit that we had to camera left for the rear curtain of the image since the exposures were 10 seconds.
I sat in the chair and prepared the shot with a pre-shot just in case we needed to do composite work (which on this one I did not)
Bob then would bring the rain (steel wool) and we had camera settings the following:
AWB (fix in post, shoot RAW)
Manual focus due to the low light, (focus first with light, then switch to manual)
4″ shutter speed
Resulting in this. Very happy with the outcome.
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Thanks for the inspiration Robert!