The Making of Interdimensional Portals: Steel Wool Photography
You may have seen images like this on social media at some point and either dismissed them as blatant photoshop fakes, or been wowed by their inherent complexity and uniqueness. In reality, these pictures are almost stupidly simple to create and don't require any drastic editing afterward. This method is known to photography enthusiasts as "Steel Wool Photography," and can easily be done with items you may already have on hand, or items that you can easily have on hand after a quick trip to the store. All you need to do this on your own is couple feet of rope, some fine steel wool (found here on Amazon), a metal kitchen whisk, a lighter, a flashlight, a camera, and a tripod. This is a potential fire hazard, so make sure that you also choose a good location, parking lots, wet places after it rains, sand, rocks, etc.
This method relies on the photographic element of long exposure. If you aren't familiar with the exposure triangle yet, I would recommend doing a bit of research before trying this, but in short, when you take a picture with your camera, a shutter opens, exposing your image sensor to light. Most of the time you want a relatively fast shutter speed, to capture the action as it happens, but in cases like these, you actually want a much slower shutter speed. These pictures were taken with a shutter speed of 20 seconds. This means that the image sensor was recording information for 20 seconds.
|I tried this on the beach and found a pool of water that I used to make a reflection.|
|You can spin the wool in whatever way you want, not just circles. In this picture, I tried to make an orb shape.|