Fire is best shot in the dark. It allows for many creative options such as painting with fire and quite simply looks better when shot against a dark background.

I’ve had the chance to work with Andrey DAS to produce one epic photoshoot after another but we had never really attempted to do anything in the day… so it was a fantastic challenge for us when Thomas Riguelle set up a day-time shoot for us in an old abbey with a couple capoeira artists.

Undaunted by the challenge, DAS and I prepared a bunch of new toys for the occasion. (PS. if you want to buy any of his pyro toys that aren’t in his store, I suggest you go bug him on his fan page!)

Fire, as an element is extremely fun to play with but unless used properly, it becomes a mere effect rather than a storytelling element. Since we were trying to feature capoeira artists at work, we wanted to find a way to illustrate motion and movement using fire arcs.

The result? Some exciting action photography that was surprisingly tough to capture!

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As well as a couple fun outtakes:

Special thanks to Thomas Riguelle for setting the whole thing up and Gunther Frans for providing a bunch of Elinchrom gear for me to use during the shoot!Credits go to Thomas Riguelle, Lily Beaudelaire and Richet Pierre for the video editing 🙂

Ft. The capoeira team from GRUPO MUZENZA CAPOEIRA 

And of course Pyro by DAS.

If you want to read more about how to shoot fire, I recommend these links: 7 tips that will help you prepare for a photoshoot with fire

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