• Kind of lucky to have this one bouncing just right to match the edge of the frame.
  • A little too much of the red-gelled light aimed for the upper cliffs caught here. If re-shooting we'd mask them out with black card.
  • That's me. The spinning could probably have been more symmetrical, I guess.
  • If re-shooting I'd put a diffuser (like a sock!) on the flashlight and go for a smoother line.
  • Most of this light delivered by gelled flash, rather than from the wire wool.

Trajectory (Wire Wool Spinning & Star Trails), Jurassic Coast

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This is a wire wool spinning shot from Winspit Cove on Dorset's Jurassic Cove. The trail up to the spinning is torch/flashlight as I groped my way up the piled rocks. Re-assessing things, that is my one regret with this image; I think it might have worked better if I'd used the flashlight to light the path up, then put a diffuser on it and concentrated on making sure there was a clean, single line the whole way back down. At the moment I think it's a little too patchy to be really effective.

It's another shot with the assistance of the Hooded Accomplice. It's a kind of lonely location, and this was also quite a bit of work to pull off - not least eighty odd flashes with a red gel to bring out the texture of the rock around the bowl of the quarry. We both feel the foreground rocks probably picked up a bit too much red from this exercise; re-shooting I think we'd try to mask out the bottom of the frame with some shaped black card to avoid this.

There's just one key piece of processing to note; in photoshop I masked out the sky and wire wool trails overlapping it, then changed the white balance. That helped the quarry and trails stayed red, whilst bringing out the blue of the sky for a little more interest. That seemed major enough to justify the Sliders Sunday posting, even if it's otherwise all in camera.

Hope everyone is fantastically well - HSS and have an amazing New Year celebration!

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  1. k4♥wea 16 months ago | reply

    LOVE these shots of yours, I so have to have a go at this in 2013, looks like such fun. Such creativity.. Happy New Year!

  2. DannyEB 16 months ago | reply


  3. Discovery Journeys 16 months ago | reply

    Good shot. Great capture, Delightful capture!


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  4. gionni br@vo 16 months ago | reply

    I'm breathless....RESPECT !!!!

  5. Pan.101 16 months ago | reply

    Unique,wonderful shot.

  6. Andy Watson1 16 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot! There's so much to like about this shot! Great location, Great light, and Great star trails!

  7. Herry Photos - Catching Up... 16 months ago | reply

    Stunning !

    Great capture !
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  8. sognatore58 16 months ago | reply

    Wonderful your photo also like to Mu Mu, have a nice day:))
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  9. dkshots 15 months ago | reply

    great exposure! the sky is a nice detail

  10. Seitrams 15 months ago | reply

    OK, now I'm jealous. Great shot Matt! Let me know next time you are planning to play with wire wool again. It's still on my list.

    Regarding the light trail to the top: It's a bit patchy but I think it's working fine. It is a nice contrast to the straight spark trails. And it also looks a little bit like a blasting fuse making it's way up to the top of the hill...

  11. bytegirl24 15 months ago | reply

    fantastic exposure and light play, very cool!

  12. Haute Appeal 15 months ago | reply

    Brilliant! Very nicely done

  13. janetfo747 Year of the Horse! 15 months ago | reply

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  14. Megan Schellong 15 months ago | reply

    Awesome exposure!

  15. deep blue2 13 months ago | reply

    Great stuff!! The things we do for our 'art', lol! ;^)

  16. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    Seriously you just take quite a few fantastic images! :) <3

  17. kathy koch 6 months ago | reply

    Amazing location, awesome compo ~ brilliantly captured.

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