Night Photography & Steel Wool

A couple years ago after moving to California I signed up for a Night Photography Meetup. Held at an isolated beach just off the Pacific Coast Highway around central¬†Malibu, the beach itself is not visible from the road. It is quite narrow and backed by cliffs of rock. This¬†picturesque area is frequented by¬†photographers due to¬†nature’s backdrops¬†of rock, water and sand, and an inability for crowds to gather.

I had never heard of the photo approach we used that evening. I may still be missing some details but the gist of it was: tie steel wool to a rope, light it and then swing it around while people take photos. It was a total blast to see the resulting images. Thank you to Rusty Nelson for helping me with my camera settings.

Photo credits:


Photography Meetup
Steel Wool photography