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    In the late 1950s I was rummaging through an old box of junk my father had stashed in the basement and discovered a cardboard cylindrical container with a push-on tin lid that proclaimed "Flash Powder." It was an official commercial product. Teenage brain dancing with visions of some pyrotechnics to impress my friends, I gently eased the lid off to find ...




    ... old autmotive grease fittings.

    Oh well, maybe it's why I'm still around today!

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    The film "Public Enemies" has several scenes with flash powder in use. No formulas, just showing street-level use of flash powder.
    I also noticed those giant flares for taking nighttime motion-pictures. As portrayed in the movie, they were really bright as well.
    f/22 and be there.

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    The carbon arc lamp was popular for many years as they could remain lit for hours. In fact, they are still used in some places for lighting large areas for photography.

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    I think they still use carbon arc-lamps in theaters for spotlights, although fancier HID lights are catching on from what I understand. The flares in Public Enemy looked rather like a giant Sparkler firework.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I think they still use carbon arc-lamps in theaters for spotlights, although fancier HID lights are catching on from what I understand.
    I think you are correct. The constant "hum" of the HID's are quite noisy though, IIRC.

    I have a carbon arc lamp, actually.
    Haven't figured out quite what to do with it though... any ideas?

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    I bought a flash powder flash, with a drum of flash powder at a camera club auction for five shillings as a curiosity (before we went decimal in 1971) I can't remember what happened to it , it must have been thrown out the last time I moved house twenty years ago.
    Last edited by benjiboy; 11-20-2009 at 05:17 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    You people are Pyromaniacs!

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    You people are Pyromaniacs!
    yep
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    You people are Pyromaniacs!
    Not being into killing etc., I used to remove the gunpowder from bullets and recycle it into small homemade fireworks... does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopar_guy View Post
    You people are Pyromaniacs!
    And your point?

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