Light Painting with Steel Wool Sparks can be Hazardous to your Lens

February 15th, 2012

Steel Wool.jpgLight painting is something that’s been
around for a while, but has really come into prominence over the last
year or two. There are plenty of ways to do it, but one of the
coolest is to start some steel wool on fire and get it spinning.

It’s common sense that you should
protect yourself when doing something like this, but folks don’t
always think about their cameras. Photographer Jon Beard learned the
hard way when one of the sparks from the steel wool hit the front of
his Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and attached itself to his lens.

“As I was spinning, I saw a nice
bright flash from my camera,” says Beard. Even though I
couldn’t be sure where it hit exactly, I was pretty sure it hit the
lens.” Further examination revealed that instead of the chip in
the lens he had expected, the molten steel had attached itself to the
lens. A simple filter here could have saved a whole lot of trouble.

(via DIY
Photography

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