Steel Wool Painting

Last week I tried something new; Steel Wool Painting

To get the image above, I placed my camera on a tripod, and used the images pictured below.


That’s right: a 9V battery, some rope, a whisk and steel wool purchased at the hardware store (grade 00 or 000).

So how does it work? You tie the rope to the handle of the whisk. Then you fill the whisk with the steel wool. Here comes the fun part – When you touch the +/- of the battery to the steel wool it starts to spark. Then you start spinning like crazy, the sparks get bigger and you start to create a ring of fire (maybe this is what Johnny Cash was singing about).


I only had about 4 attempts on this occasion and the top of the whisk was melted, this stuff gets extremely hot. Make sure you are in a suitable location, preferably where the ground is moist or even wet. We performed this on the beach, quite close to the water. I would also advise to wear a hat or at least a hoodie, if one of these sparks lands on your head it could set fire to your hair. And finally make sure that everyone in the vicinity is standing at a safe distance about 20m away.

Los Angeles

Last month I spent two nights in Los Angeles. I spent most of my time at Venice beach and Santa Monica. It was the middle of winter, but the Californian sun was as bright as ever, and the temperature was a near perfect 22 celsius. The place I stayed had rental bikes, so I cruised up and down the beach exploring photo opportunities. I also managed to ride along the Venice canals, one of which you can see in the image below. The image above was taken just after sunset of the famous Pacific Park on Santa Monica pier. For more of my images from the United States click here.

One of the canals of Venice .

Two Green Canoes –  Venice canals.

Bay of Fires


The photo above was taken at Shelley Beach – Sorrento, Victoria.

A few weeks back I spent some time along the Mornington Peninsula. I was staying in Rosebud, but I made sure to move around a little to maximise the photo opportunities.
Using my LightTrac app and Google Earth I figured out exactly where I wanted to be at 6am. The things we do for a photo opportunity… The reality is, if you want to take great images you have to be prepared to wake up early sometimes.

I took this photo using LEE Filters allowing me to get a nice smooth effect in the water.
ISO was set to 100 and the exposure was 75 seconds.