View Full Version : More elaborate light painting - "orb"

08-25-2011, 05:22 AM
my first attempt at a light painting "orb". I attached a LED light onto a piece of string and swung it in a circle, rotating the circle a few degrees each time.

Unfortunately, sometimes I lost track of the center of the sphere - hence the slightly sloppy lines. Anyone have a better way of doing this??

08-25-2011, 07:18 AM
Really cool play. I remember seeing a video about some fellow in Australia (I think) who was doing these and as I remember that was his method as well. I like your results.... very cool.

08-25-2011, 11:27 PM
Thanks! I did find a tutorial online - This kind of thing is fun because it's not weather dependent (waiting for nice looking clouds, etc...). Just need some dark spots!

08-26-2011, 05:48 PM
Nice play. You may have lost track of the centre but it worked out really well. They look like nicely shaped spheres to me.

08-27-2011, 04:38 PM
very cool play with great results.

08-29-2011, 07:41 AM
Nice work was it a LED flashlight?

08-29-2011, 11:56 AM
I believe they are referred to as Physiograms (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&cp=11&gs_id=16&xhr=t&q=physiograms&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1920&bih=944&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi). I messed around with them a few years ago and posted some of them on the site.

I taped the end of the string to the ceiling in a pitch dark room and set the light in motion above the open shutter. (the camera should be laying on it's back, lens pointing up)

09-03-2011, 01:00 PM
scorpio: I used an LED flashlight. The only drawback is that light is directional, so the back of the "sphere" is not lit very well.

barefoot: thanks for pointing out the name. I created some too - I'll try to find some on my other hard drive and post it...