Light Painting

LAST night i went out to just past Llanrwst.

You know the route: you get into Llanrwst from Llandudno, go through the town, turn right over the bridge and carry on to the Betws sign. Then, just as soon as you turn in, theres a road that forks to the right. You take it, and you find something amazing.

or, look at the map

Better? thought so.

Ok, Light Painting is simple really. You pick a spot you want to photograph, and you paint it with light. It really only works at night. And for it to work better, you need flash gels.

Some of the best light painting shots can be seen in this flickr group.

Shots like these show what light painting is all about:

Craig Osbourne lit these up with different gels on each different headstone, all in one exposure. If we take a look at the EXIF data, we can see what he used to take the picture.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure: 127 sec (127)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

The camera was left on a tripod for 127 seconds, or 2 minutes 7 seconds, locked down. The sky looks light because it was left for that long, but really it was pitch black. Taken at 9:58pm in November would suggest that.

Now for mine:


Taken at around 6pm, and i used magenta and green gelled strobes. That means – magenta gel on one flash and green gel on another. I took the exposure, left it on the tripod, and ran around crazily flashing against the walls which i wanted to be coloured. It’s not the best, but it works with my project 365, and i shall improve. I need to find somewhere else to go and do strobism and light painting.

I think the point of it, though, is that its fun! Extremely good fun running around crazily, flashing coloured light. And the results – they are just something else


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