Archive for the ‘sparklers’ Category
Pyro and sparkler art go together like cheese and ham but adding in the prospect of photographing someone travelling on a skateboard too and you need some specialist handling of the situation. Come on down David Lehl, lifestyle photographer from Denver, Colorado who takes on the unusual and not uncommonly, the downright dangerous in his work.
In this instance, the idea was to photograph skateboarding with a difference and he certainly captured it perfectly.
His original idea was to use smoke bombs both in front of the flash and behind the skater to create some brilliant atmospheric imagery which came out pretty well. But, he wanted more so the next idea was to strap sparklers to the skateboard to create sparks for the ‘grind’ trick which came out beautifully.
Using a long exposure (2s f/5.6) to capture the light trails created by the sparklers and then do exactly the same trick again but this time photograph with a flash he took the shot with 1/1000s f5.6 exposure to freeze the image. As you can see, highly successful and some fabulous shots too.
We are of course interested in all things pyro, sparklers being no exception.
Having come across this fascinating video footage, we could not wait to share it with you.
Using 40 sparklers, 3 fountains (not roman candles as detailed in the video) and 40 contact microphones, this unusual piece was created.
The sounds were created from a compilation of feedback, vibration, wind and the expansion and contraction of a crash cymbal following heating and cooling, this recording is nothing short of magical.
It just goes to show that even with the most inconsequential of fireworks and a little imagination, with the minimal amount of digital mastering, the recordings create an eerie sound akin to picking a guitar with secondary sounds which would not be out of place in any horror film.
The crescendo of sounds, which like air waves ebb and flow, combined with the crackles of the sparklers, the end result sounds like a glockenspiel with a finale created by lighting 3 fountains consecutively.
Hello – Moonlight Shadow here with a run down on one of the forgotten hero’s of bonfire night, sparklers! Well, perhaps not a forgotten hero, but still, not a firework type that really gets a lot of attention. Sparklers have already been covered a bit, so I’ll try and take this from a different angle, to consider a time when sparklers were, as children, the one type of firework that WE could hold. Which, in itself, was special.
In days gone by, firework shops – or rather, newsagents, there being few if any “specialist” firework shops back then in my area – sold fireworks on their own. I liked to pick these, and an adult bought them, and they were stored in a biscuit tin. Nice! But I didn’t light them. In fact, I don’t ever remember lighting a blue touchpaper firework in my life- by the time I was old enough, it was all fuses. Now, sparklers were different – we didn’t light them, but could hold them in a gloved hand, and make pretty patterns. Simple, but none the less, added an element of “doing” rather than just watching to the display- a passion that has never left me. I am never really happy just watching big Cat 4 displays – I’d much rather be doing my own Cat 3.
Long live the sparkler!