Steve's Burning Man Images - 2008 - Fire Performers

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This first batch of photos was taken at the "Hot Sex Fire Jam" which I will indicate by "HSFJ", thanks to Jennifer and Michael for hosting this event at themecamp "...and then there's only love".



HSFJ



HSFJ - I'd been practicing fire perfomer photography at the Portland firejam gatherings (RIP). Ideally, I would use my studio flash units - more off camera, but it was too difficult to transport them from my camp and then have to deal with them in a crowded situation at night, etc. These images make use of an accessory flash.



HSFJ - post processed a bit differently, I was trying to bring out his muscles.



HSFJ



HSFJ - you can see how he moved during the exposure. Also, overexposed the fire to some degree. The look I'm after is a lot of definition to the fire, plus able to see the identity of the performer, fairly crisp. Not that interested in very long exposures with lots of fire trails that end up hiding the performer.



HSFJ - for poi spinning I use exposure times around 1.3/1 sec, for fire breathing (very bright) its about 1/200 sec. Fire staffs, as seen here are more difficult for me to decide on - whether to go faster so you can see it is a staff and have more definition to the flame - or slower to get the sense of motion.



HSFJ - on that first image, I think I intentionally put my finger over the lower part of the flash because I didn't like the way it was reflecting off the stage. I think it compared favorably to the second image where his jeans are all lit up.



This is the "Rock Opera" performance. I did not do well at all in photographing this. I should think about what went wrong so I can learn from it, but really not sure. The pyramid was not well lit, so you had to use longer exposures to see it, but then that resulted in excessively long fire trails and blurry performers. My flash wouldn't reach far enough. If I had the studio flashes, it might have helped.



The remaining photos were taken after something called "Ocean of Fire" (OOF). OOF was supposed to try to break some world records with regards to number of people involved in various fire performer acts. They didn't have nearly enough performers show up, although in years past they did set records, and I had some good photos of them about 2-3 years ago.



OOF



OOF



OOF - I remember this guy from years past. He is prolific in his fire breathing - over and over in rapid succession. No flash used, I let the fireball light him up, and use exposure time around 1/200 sec in order to get lots of definition in the flame - the first image here is nearly ideal for what I'm after.



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