El Wire (Electroluminescent Wire)
El wire can be used to create silhouettes, weather it is a person or an object as long as it is still the el wire will bring out a really nice silhouette. it can also be used in product photography or studio photography.
Its basically a wire with a battery pack attached. When turned on it has 3 settings, constant, pulsing and strobing. In this image I used the constant mode as it also helped me to see as I was walking up and down the stairs. So like me, you find a subject that you want your misty effect on, here I have chose a set of steps and the plan was for the mist to be descending down the steps. Once I chose my composition and focused, I chose my colour of El Wire, seen as the sky was Orange due to a cloudy night and a lot of light pollution, I chose Green El Wire to contrast with the sky, then I mixed this technique with the flashgun technique to light up the rest of the building Blue, which will contrast with the Green and the Orange. So once my exposure begun I started by lighting the building Blue, which was done with a few small flashes on ETTL. I then turned on my El Wire and walked up the stairs waving it around making sure it was never still, and started to walk back down the stairs doing the same thing. By the time I had finished lighting the sky outside had burnt in so I stopped my exposure and the image was complete.
El wire can be used in many ways to create different sorts of effects.
El Wire creates some very misty looking effects which can be used in many ways.
El Wire stands for Electroluminescent Wire and has the glow of a Neon tube but flexibility of a piece of wire. It is often used in car modifications for lining trim, but I think using it for light painting is a much better use. For all your El Wire needs visit the El Wire Craft Shop for El Wire in all thicknesses/legnths and colours, as well as inveters and battery packs.
You can create images like this one below.