Pepper on a hot electric stove

Pepper on a hot stove ignites, and it looks quite magical actually!

As a fan of everything that glows, I'm constantly trying to come up with new glow ideas and experiments that look cool on film. In this particular video I'm demonstrating what white pepper on a hot electric stove looks like.

A shallow depth of field can create beautiful bokeh in photography.

When you allow an electric stove to become very hot, and then throw (white) pepper on it, the pepper will ignite and sparkle. It kinda looks like fairy dust!

I filmed this video with my Iphone 6 and Canon EOS 5D mark II. Filming with a large aperture (small f number) while the pepper ignited, created some beautiful bokeh in the footage. Anyone who's read my previous blogposts knows I am a sucker for bokeh!

Bokeh: The way the lens renders out-of-focus points of lights.
Bokeh: The way the lens renders out-of-focus points of lights.
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Even though playing with fire can be fun, don't forget it's also very dangerous! As you can see at the end of the video, this experiment went somewhat wrong. I eventually, excitedly, to see the result, threw too much pepper on the stove, and caused a lot of smoke. It set off the fire alarm in my building, which really wasn't something I planned for!

When you inhale smoke caused by pepper, you can become quite dizzy. I had to hang out on my balcony for a while until the smoke cleared out.

Except for the possible smoke, another downside of this pepper experiment is that it's a real struggle to clean up the mess you made.

So I don't really recommend trying this experiment! If you want to though, it might work with an old pan as well, so I'd advice you to try that first.