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 Ace



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Views : 1754  Dec 3, 2012 1:14pm

Last night I posted this image in the BPOTD competition just in case we didn't make the numbers. I have had several mails about it so thought I would share it with you here.

We were having a go at light painting using various torches as our light source.




The shot is not aesthetic at all but was as far as we could get from light pollution and with a number of objects to be lit so that we could experiment with different torches and methods. We intended doing a car in the Summer but we never got an evening together when it wasn't raining and then my Godson's dreaded A levels were on us an play stopped.

We did this a series of 10 second sweeps which helped us get a rhythm and consequently an evenness to the exposures. You don't have to did it that way but it saves a lot of levels adjustments in Photoshop. By keeping each exposure to 10 seconds, we also kept the light pollution down on each exposure.

We then took all of the different exposures (30 to 40) and put them in a new image, each as a separate layer setting the blend mode to Lighten so that the lighter parts of each exposure came through. After that there were a few adjustments to levels on the odd layer and some bits blocked out by masks.

If you have a go at this, you will need a tripod and tie it to something because it so easy to knock it over in the dark. We will give it another go when the weather gets better and will try it with a model and a car or aircraft.

It's great fun and if you are interested, have a look at the master Eric Curry.





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Aychee

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RE: Painting With Light Dec 3, 2012 2:14pm

Really interested in this technique and will definitely be going to have a play when the evenings get warmer

Thanks for posting it Ace

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RE: Painting With Light Dec 3, 2012 5:46pm

Great attempt, and great informative video!!! :-)


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RE: Painting With Light Dec 4, 2012 2:36am

A few years ago all of the camera club members in some town in Spain (I think) all got together and coordinated a shoot with a large format camera on a neighboring hilltop where all the club members ran around the town flashing their speedlites down the streets. The result was quite spectacular.

I've already had a look but if I can find the article I'll post it here.


On a side note, I believe this technique is used by scenes of crime photographers to take shadowless pictures of things like murder scenes/accident scenes.

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RE: Painting With Light Dec 4, 2012 7:12am

Thanks to Red Checker for posting that, it's a really good image, the longer, Spanish link has a lot more information and comes with an English translation and is worth a look.



I was amazed at the detail in some of the enlarged sections. So when are we all going to descend on Stoke Mandeville and light the town up?



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RE: Painting With Light Dec 4, 2012 7:15am

Stoke Mandeville's a horrid place.

If I were to coordinate something like this, Ironbridge Gorge would be my choice as this sort of technique could probably work really well there and those with battery-powered studio flash could work on the bridge itself.

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