I built a pond in my back garden for this fiery wedding portrait

Jul 31, 2017

Markus Hofstätter

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I built a pond in my back garden for this fiery wedding portrait

Jul 31, 2017

Markus Hofstätter

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The Hot rod on Fire Shooting inspired me to this one. But there was a huge difference, this photograph was done with only one exposure. We got it done after a lot of preparation – a nearly 3-Meter-long diy fire torch, two strobes and a 4.4 Seconds exposure created this image.

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Planning did take much longer this time, because we had to build a small pond including a platform for the reflection. Additionally, I had to cut down some branches from a tree to get enough space.

First of all thanks to the Muckendorf-Wipfing fire department for the heat-proof suit. My shopping list was huge, from odorless lamp oil (thanks a lot to the Facebook group Feuerspucker und Feuerkünstler for all the information), to a cooking pot, an aluminum bar, carabiners, chains, damp sheets, till a pool liner and much more.

I love taking lots of time for just one photograph. I’m sure that comes from my wet plate photography. The moment when you see everything worked out like you imagined after the shooting is priceless.

I used again the 35mm lens and my Canon 5D. I started with only one strobe, but had to add a second one later to get a better light on the wedding couple.

Safety first, because of that we did a lot of precautions before the shooting, to moisten the whole backyard for example. Beside of that, it is helpful to have many helping hands. Thanks to Alex, Wolfgang and Sebastian for that! Also, a big thanks to Veronika and Andreas for your patience. In exchange for that you got a unique photograph and a memory you will remember.

About the Author

Markus Hofstätter is a professional portrait, events and sports photographer based in Austria. He has a passion for analogue and wet plate photography. He loves travelling to visit new places and meeting new people. You can find out more about him on his website or blog, follow his work on Instagram or Facebook or reach out to him through Twitter. This article was also published here, and shared with permission.

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4 responses to “I built a pond in my back garden for this fiery wedding portrait”

  1. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
    Dunja Đuđić

    I’ve always liked to play with fire, gotta try this! :o

    1. Judotoss Avatar
      Judotoss

      We never heard from him again

  2. Bob Harris Avatar
    Bob Harris

    Brian Tannehill – Let’s do this!

    1. Brian Tannehill Avatar
      Brian Tannehill

      I can make that happen in your pool!