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May 1, 2011 / Jasmine Lee

Temple of Poi Fire Dancing – Union Square, San Francisco

Hello to you again! 🙂 I finally have a chance to post my photos from last week’s fire dancing show: Temple of Poi. The show was hosted in Union Square in Downtown San Francisco on April 23, 2011. The show lasted about 2 hours with no breaks and best of all, it was completely free to attend! 🙂 If you had a camera, anyone could pretty much be admitted into the photographer’s section. There were a TON of photographers! Perhaps if you were there, you may be in some of my photos that I took.

It was my first time shooting these types of long exposures. I found that an exposure of 1.5 to 3 seconds gave you the best results for the fire dancing. I’m pretty happy with the results I got. Though the event was a ton of fun, I came down with extremely bad allergies the next day. It took me out of work for 3 days and I am still a bit sick as I type this :(. But anyhow, I hope you enjoy the photos! 🙂

I shot 95% of these shots with my 24-70 lens. The close ups where you can see faces I used my 70-200 lens.

Can you believe this lady was pregnant while doing this?! Talk about risk and dedication!! 🙂 ^^

Union Square on FIRE!!!

Such a unique shape!!!

Checkout one of the fire dancing videos at the link below!



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  1. Howie / May 1 2011 10:45 PM

    Some are these are very cool. Any videos this time ? =)

    • Jasmine Lee / May 1 2011 11:11 PM

      I have some videos.. just didn’t post them… yet! Haha. Did you want to see them?

      • Howie / May 2 2011 9:54 AM

        Would be cool to see a short clip 😛

      • Howie / May 2 2011 12:26 PM

        Oops.. I found one on your fickr.. Cool stuff =) Great shots

      • Jasmine Lee / May 2 2011 3:40 PM

        I may post more videos… 🙂 thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Jason Rob Tivey / May 1 2011 11:58 PM

    I love them all Jasmine! You did such a great job capturing all elements of the Poi Fire dance! I saw a profile shot of me in the first one. Thanks, Jason Rob

    • Jasmine Lee / May 2 2011 3:43 PM

      Thanks, Jason!

  3. Marc / May 2 2011 12:56 AM

    WoW Jasmine…very very nice pictures…Absolutely fabulous!!!

    • Jasmine Lee / May 2 2011 3:43 PM

      Thanks, Marc! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. scotman55 / May 2 2011 12:48 PM

    Great shots, Jaz. You’re clearly a pro! Did you see my dance pix?

    • Jasmine Lee / May 2 2011 3:43 PM

      Hey Jim, yes, I saw them briefly. I will take another look tonight. Thanks for visiting!

      • scotman55 / May 3 2011 1:23 PM

        Thanks, I appreciate the feedback too. Great to meet you, at least “virtually” LOL.

  5. Jonathan / May 2 2011 1:13 PM

    Very cool Jasmine! This post is making me wonder…where the heck was I that night!??!!? Shoulda went! This looks like it was a blast to shoot. I’m sure you had a great time =)

    • Jasmine Lee / May 2 2011 3:45 PM

      Hey Jonathan! Next time I know of an event, I’ll let you know!! There are a ton of free events going on at Union Square until November?! I have a brochure of the event dates, but I don’t have it with me right now. I’ll be in touch with you later about it.

      • Jonathan / May 10 2011 11:23 AM

        Sweet! Yeah, let me know for sure =)

  6. fototaker / May 3 2011 12:09 PM

    great images Jasmine!! you should be proud of your images – you caught many of the patterns very well!! welcome to the “club”!!

    • Jasmine Lee / May 3 2011 1:21 PM

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  7. Glen / May 9 2011 5:04 PM

    Love those fire fotos Jas!! They came out great!! Yeh, you sure zeroed in on the right settings!!
    Btw, all the ND’s are here now and ready to go for Thursday departure. With the set and stacking I can get from one to six stops.

    • Jasmine Lee / May 9 2011 9:11 PM

      Hey Glen! Hope you had a great trip. That’s really awesome all your filters came in. Enjoy them! Can’t wait to see the pics you produce. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  8. Adriana Morett / May 10 2011 1:54 AM

    Jasmine, these are so cool!! My fav is the seventh from the last up, where the guy is on his side and there is a small trail to the fire, he looks like one of those fighters from video games!! Super cool!!!

    • Jasmine Lee / May 10 2011 8:46 AM

      Thank you Adriana! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  9. fire dancing / Jun 20 2011 5:50 AM

    Fire dancing is a very dangerous performance art, and fire safety precautions should always
    be taken.

  10. Pamela Lau Marques / Jun 20 2011 6:30 PM

    Wow, amazing! Love these! And I’ll bet it was even better in person! Although I always find it very hard to just enjoy being a spectator when you’re madly trying to shoot. 🙂


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