Photographer NK Guy, from the web site Burning Cam, is probably the first person to photograph a Temple Burn from the inside. I hope this trend continues and we get insider’s look videos from every Burn from now on. Send in the robots!
Name: Temple interior
Caption: As far as I know, nobody has ever photographed the interior of a Burning Man temple burn before.
To pull this one off, I employed a solid steel armoured box equipped with a tempered glass window. My DSLR and fisheye lens were tucked inside, and fired via a radio remote. I then hauled the camera out using a steel cable and hundreds of feet of rope.
The searing heat was intense. The liquid you see is accelerant, flooding down into the wood below.
I pulled the camera out just in time. Moments after this shot was taken, pieces of burning wood began hurtling down, and everyone outside at the front line had to fall back because of the blazing heat. In fact, the box was too hot to touch when I got it back. But the camera was just fine.
Super thanks to the temple crew for letting me set up this shot, and to Dave Best and the BlackRockFX pyro team for their kind help!
Here’s a bonus shot of the Temple from LA-based photographer Curious Josh. The halo effect is not from any computer trickery: