Flaming Steel Wool Photography with Tom Keller

We love our Instagram community and wanted to spotlight the work of Tom Keller who’s been doing some really cool things with steel wool, his camera, and lighter! So here’s Tom’s images and what he has to say about them. Enjoy!

I first came across a picture of steel wool on Instagram. I’ve never seen this
before and was very intrigued by it. After doing some research my Fiancée Marissa and I
went out and got the necessities. We experimented in our back yard that night but
quickly got the hang of it and ventured out into the nearby neighborhoods. Places like
parks, bridges, rivers, and train yards offer interesting backgrounds and features to
photograph with. It’s usually j ust the two of us with one spinning while the other sets the
timer and possess.

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The spinning vortex is one of the first pictures that Marissa and I shot in the backyard. I
started spinning at the back of our yard and randomly decided to walk towards the
camera while spinning. This became one of many successful experiments.

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After a couple weeks of experimenting with steel wool my fiancé and I started getting
creative. We came up with the idea of using an umbrella to get a force field effect
creating this image under a bridge here in Sacramento; “Protector of Art.”

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The exposures we use are between 15-20 seconds long and it can be tricky posing still
for that long. In this colorful picture done in my backyard, you can see that I shifted
positions while spinning causing a partial ghost effect but my fiancé did great.

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Spinning orbs are amazing; it’s like an explosion of sparks! The way to spin an orb is to
find a set point on the ground (like a leaf or rock) and spin slowly around it with the
bottom of your spin hitting the top of that point. We found this Underpass interesting and
did a lot of experimenting here.

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This silhouette shot was taken in a large storm tunnel in Houston Texas. I posed while
Marissa (my partner in life and in late night shenanigans) spun behind me creating the
silhouette and flaming water effect. We both got soaked this night, but getting down and
dirty is all part of the fun.

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I always carry my GR1 Ruck from GoRuck and Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Sigma 10-
20mm lens. After a lot of trial and error throughout the months, I developed a plywood
cut out that mounts 12 spinners and fits perfectly in my Ruck. This makes for an easy
“reload,” to cut down wasted time during the night. The actual “spinners” are made up of
an ordinary wire cooking whisk stuffed with 0000-000 gauge steel wool tied on a long
rope. A few other musts are a tri-pod, headlamps (not only to see but to focus the
camera) and lighters. Also, be sure to only spin after rains, during the winter months, or
near large bodies of water to prevent possible fires.

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This over head spin was done alone in Lake Tahoe, CA. I learned from this experience
that the mechanics of this photography works much better with a partner. For this
picture I had my headlamp positioned facing the rocks to get a little more color from
them.

The Steelwool Photography community is still small but very innovative and filled
with great artist. Marissa and I have come up with many new ideas using the various
techniques we’ve developed so far and can’t wait to experiment with them this summer
in new adventurous places.

-Tom Keller, TK Photography

To keep up with Tom and his fiery shenanigans:
Follow him on Facebook
Follow him on Instagram: @tomkellerphotography
Send him an email: Tommokeller@gmail.com

For a cool tutorial on steel wool photography from our friends at Photojojo, Click Here!

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Action & Adventure Photo Contest

We’re in the semi-finals of our latest Instagram photo contest! Check out these top submissions and be sure to follow us on Instagram @tamracphoto to vote for your favorite. Special thanks to Travis Burke (www.travisburkephotography.com) for partnering up with us to make this contest happen!

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You & Me Photo Contest Semi Finalists Announced

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Photo Credit: @tedcraig

Our panel of judges have selected 16 semi-finalists to move on to the first public voting round of our latest Instagram Contest! We’ve posted the 16 submissions below for your viewing pleasure.

If you’d like to vote or see the rest of the submissions, follow us on Instagram @TamracPhoto for all the detail.

The winners will receive a free Tamrac Rally Messenger bag, and a free wooden iPhone case and pair of sunglasses from tmbrs.com!

For more on Tamrac, check out our Facebook page: fb.com/tamrac.inc
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For more on Ted Craig, check out his website: www.tedcraigphoto.com

Tamrac Fright Photo Contest

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Tamrac Fright Photo Contest is our latest photo contest running on Instagram. We’ve gotten some dreadfully delicious submissions and wanted to share a random sampling with our online community! To see all of the submissions, look up #tamracfrightpic in Instagram. The contest is in its last day, so if you’d like to enter, check us out @tamracphoto for details! Special thanks to Ted Craig, one of our new and exciting sponsored photographers, for partnering with us for this contest!  Enjoy!

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