Rock the Light Paint

Fire Rock Climbing

With my legs spread from one rock to the next, I carefully balanced on the edge of my shoes, pulled a battery from my pocket and began to rub it on a piece of steel wool stuffed carefully into a burnt up egg whisk. The wool began to spark and Jackie clicked the shutter open.

This weekend Jackie and I spent our time rock climbing, shooting landscape photography and light painting! It was a great weekend full of adventure at Blue Mounds State Park in southwest Minnesota.

Spinning some wool.
Spinning some wool.

As you can see in this image, I am carefully balanced between the rocks. Maybe a little two far spread as my already torn jeans began to rip a little bit more. Thankfully the sparks steered clear of my goods.

Next Jackie put on her climbing gear and we tried to create an interesting shot using light painting as our tool.

Mixing rock climbing and steel wool spins.
Mixing rock climbing and steel wool spins.
Bouldering in the dark.
Bouldering in the dark.

Jackie pasted herself onto the rock as I asked her to try and position herself in an interesting way. She is a trooper. She held on to the rocks with ice cold fingers as I ran around like a dip doink trying to put the shot together. I spun some wool, lit her up and we put the image in the tin!

The last image we made was used to try and tell the story of adventure. I clicked open the shutter, Jackie handed me some colored gels and we painted up the walls. Next Jackie positioned herself in the scene and I hit her with some light, then I moved into the scene and Jackie painted me with light. We closed the shutter and this is the image we created.

Searching for adventure.
Searching for adventure.

The weekend truly was one full of adventure.

 

You can see the images from the rest of the trip here.

Sunrise at Blue Mounds State Park
Sunrise at Blue Mounds State Park