Chain Helps to Make Hot Senior Portrait
– October 15, 2012 7:00 am
This photo project should only be attempted if you are an adult, and it’s important to use all necessary safety precautions. This article is not meant to be a how-to, but more of a sneak peek as to how it was done.
I won’t bore you with all the camera details if you aren’t in to photography like I am, but I will fill you in on the secret.
The ring of fire featured in the shot was made using fine steel wool stuffed in a whisk attached to a chain. It gives off ample sparks when it’s spun in the dark, and photographed using a slow shutter speed. The fire spinning was done by my assistant (husband) dressed completely in black and standing about 10 feet behind my subject.
I shot this for my nephew Patrick after he asked his aunt to help him create some innovative school portraits for his senior year in high school.