Spinning Fire

slave drew and I rode over on the scooter tonight to see our friends, Mark and Christine.  Mark is a very talented photographer and he’d talked to drew about helping him set up a photo shoot, which is what we did tonight.

Mark’s idea was to use a very slow shutter speed, 30 seconds or so, and take photos of a spinning fire.  The fire was created by filling an egg whisk with steel wool, setting it alight, then spinning it on the end of a chain.

By using a very slow shutter speed, you get the image of the fire spinning in a circle, throwing off sparks.

Of course, sometimes the whisk also flies off the end of the chain, causing some of us to scatter.

We must have tried it about a half dozen times, with varying success, although we ended up with at least three or four photos that are quite impressive.  They will get some manipulation after the initial capture of the image.

I have always loved photography for one reason in particular.  It is an image of a moment in time.

Looking through my family pictures, I know that my Aunt Rosebud stood just so, one foot turned to the side, smiling at the camera, on Easter Sunday in 1926.

I know that my father, dressed just so, had my oldest brother sitting in front of him on the horse he rode, cowboy hats on both their heads, the spring of 1947.

I know that my other brother had a pair of homemade stilts that he wore around the neighborhood, the same summer he wore a single red die with a hole drilled through it, around his neck on a pull chain, back in 1960.

And I know that I’ll look back sometime on the photos taken tonight and remember the ride over, the scattering when the chain gave way, the fire flying through the air, spinning circles of light.

About MsConstanceExplains

Ms Constance has been actively involved in the BDSM/Leather community since the mid-1990’s. She is the Founder of the Louisville Munch as well as its hostess for ten years, from 1997 to 2007, and was christened as “Louisville’s First Lady” by her community. As a member of various BDSM/Leather organizations, she has been nominated for Pantheon Woman of the Year as well as regional awards, and has been nominated with her slave, drew, for Pantheon Couple of the Year. She serves as Special Events Director for the Great Lakes Leather Alliance. She produces the Bluegrass Leather Pride Contest, sending contestants to Great Lakes Leather Weekend, and was Presenters Committee Chair for Leather Leadership Conference 2010 Great Lakes/Ontario. She has produced and judged Leather events and contests, been instrumental in the organization and creation of various groups and clubs, advised and encouraged other communities and endeavors, and produced a performance by a BDSM comedian. Groups around the country use her writings in information and introductory packets, and she is an occasional columnist as well. She and slave drew hold the titles of Great Lakes Master and slave 2003.

Posted on June 26, 2012, in Vanilla Life. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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