Things On Fire

Since it’s been six years a decade a long time since I went to Burning Man, I’ve expanded this page to include other festivals that involve fire. It’s a theme.

Incidentally: photographing firespinning is one of the most technically challenging photo tasks I can think of. There’s a very narrow range of acceptable shutter speeds — you want to show off some of the motion, but not so much that the subject blurs out — and aperture is tricky: a newly-lit wick is about two stops brighter than one halfway through a burn. Focus is the worst part. I’ve ruined an unbelievable number of otherwise good photos by not being able to focus properly in the dark (autofocus is unreliable, and doing it by hand is tricky especially since people tend to move around a lot when burning.)

Practice practice practice.

WildFire

I burned a lot this year (and ate fire!) but never quite managed to get a picture of myself. Got some good ones of my friends, though, so I’m counting it as a win.

Hank balances a tiny woman on his staff
Hank balances a tiny woman on his staff
Hank - staff
Hank - staff
Heather and Shane
Heather and Shane
Charge!!!
Charge!!!
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather - sword
Heather and Shane - sword
Heather and Shane - sword
Kate - contact staff
Kate - contact staff
Kate - contact staff
Kate - contact staff
Battleaxe with kilt
Battleaxe with kilt
Lighting up
Lighting up
Battleaxe
Battleaxe
Jugglers... on fire!
Jugglers... on fire!
Three things on fire
Three things on fire
NSFW hooping
NSFW hooping
Foom!
Foom!
Fire puppet
Fire puppet
Fire eating
Fire eating
Mohawk
Mohawk
What, me awkward?
What, me awkward?
What it's supposed to look like
What it's supposed to look like
More things on fire
More things on fire
WildFire
WildFire

SpiritFire Festival

(I’ve removed all photos of the fire circle and its surroundings. The organizers of this event are (rightly) sensitive about photos interfering with the spirit of the event. I’m not sure if these crossed the line or not but just to be on the safe side, they’re gone.)

Inside my djembe
Inside my djembe
One more hula hoop shot
One more hula hoop shot
Hula hoop
Hula hoop
Dragon
Dragon
Flaming swords
Flaming swords
More poi
More poi
What, me blurry?
What, me blurry?
Poi
Poi
It is just barely possible that I overpacked.
It is just barely possible that I overpacked.

Freezing Man

Sunset Ribs
Sunset Ribs
Freezing the Freezing Man
Freezing the Freezing Man
Freezing Man Takes In The View
Freezing Man Takes In The View
It's somewhat bigger than we expected
It's somewhat bigger than we expected
Ethan puts on the finishing touches
Ethan puts on the finishing touches
Freezing Man
Freezing Man
Freezing Man
Freezing Man

Burning Man

Topless Bicycle Race
Topless Bicycle Race
Topless Bicycle Race, Cont’d
Topless Bicycle Race, Cont’d
Dragon Bus
Dragon Bus
Plastic Chapel
Plastic Chapel
Drumming Thing
Drumming Thing
More Drumming Thing
More Drumming Thing
Still More Drumming Thing
Still More Drumming Thing
Elisa Korenne
Elisa Korenne
Elisa at Night
Elisa at Night
Mausoleum
Mausoleum
3D Maze
3D Maze
Shower Time: The most popular photo on the website
Shower Time: The most popular photo on the website
The Incredible Snailcar
The Incredible Snailcar
Like a horse, but not
Like a horse, but not
The Point
The Point
Elisa At The Pyramid
Elisa At The Pyramid
Elisa and Emily protect their lungs
Elisa and Emily protect their lungs
Emily and Daniel on the rooftop
Emily and Daniel on the rooftop
The Obligatory Photo Of The Man (who is not yet burning)
The Obligatory Photo Of The Man (who is not yet burning)
The entire Burning Man festival in one photograph
The entire Burning Man festival in one photograph