I have to preface this by saying, "Do not attempt this without finding out all the details and using safety precautions." I heard about steel wool spinning quite a few years ago and have always wanted to try it, so when Austin came home for the weekend and needed to do some light painting for his photography class and suggested spinning, I was all in!
He did the research to find out what we needed and the settings that are recommended for photographing it. He did all the spinning and I just pressed the shutter button. It was really very cool, up until the time my camera stopped working. It was snowing very heavily and I think some moisture got into my camera. It's all good now, but I was a bit worried.
This was a group effort. Along with me & Austin, we also had Jenna, Jennifer and Jef with us. Jennifer is another photographer, her husband Jef was the light man to make sure we had focus on Austin, and Jenna was the encourager :) If it hadn't been so cold, if Austin had dressed warmer, and my camera hadn't died, I'm sure we would have tried different types of light painting. We had LED lights, and glow sticks along, but didn't get to use them.
I posted the top photo on Flickr and it made explore! For those of you unfamiliar with Flickr, it's a photo sharing community. Every day Flickr chooses some of the best photos for Explore, so it was pretty neat that one of the first photos that Austin did with me made explore :)
Maybe we'll try again this summer when we're near water. We still need to use the LED lights and glow sticks. There's so much you can do with night photography!