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Dancing with Fire | Behind the Scenes with Von Wong

By Jules Ebe on May 26th 2013

Inspired by Fire : Behind the Scenes

In a recent trip to Los Angeles, Von Wong and pyrotechnician DAS gathered together a hodgepodge of creative professionals after a random party led to a chance meeting with the talented Toge Manee. The goal was to shoot in a failed eco-system while capturing the life and beauty of fire.

You may remember Von Wong and DAS from Fine Art and Fire.





The resulting images were accomplished through a lot of trial and error in order to capture the shape of the flames they were looking for. Using a little rear curtain sync and shutter drag allowed the light to trail across the frame and to “fix” at the end of the movement (instead of at the start). This creates a form of motion blur (not ghosting).

To understand the difference between motion blur and ghosting, check out our article.

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home! Everyone on set is a trained professional.

For the Gear Heads

The shoot was accomplished with minimal gear, minimal planning, and maximum inspiration and collaboration.

Camera: Nikon D800E
Lens: Nikkor 24–70mm f/2.8 G ED AF-S
Strobe Lighting: Profoto Acute2/D4 Head
Power: Profoto Acute B2 600 AirS
Trigger: PocketWizard Plus III

For more from this shoot, please check out Von Wong’s blog.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

CREDITS: Photographs by Von Wong have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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