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1st crack at Light Painting

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    Default 1st crack at Light Painting - updated

    Light Painting is something I've never had much interest in until tonight when my plans to try out multi-strobing when awry. Rather than sit on my butt watching some American sitcom like most other Australians I figured I'd try something different.

    Being a cyclist I dug around and dragged out various LED bike lights I have and stole my wife's huge Teddy Bear (he's the size of an obese 10 year old child ) and stuck him on a black barstool in our new empty room, which up until yesterday was my youngest daughters room before she left home

    On the bright side though, we now have a room we can turn into a studio

    Anyhow ... here's the results which are pretty much a rough try without much research on how to do this yet but I think it's worth looking more into.

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    And two more ....



    This one you see me in it

    I think wearing all black is probably an advantage.

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    Cool! I did my first tests of light painting over Christmas - nothing worth posting, but it's definitely a great technique to play with! Will be doing more for sure...

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    Excellent play goin on here - love it.
    Yup wearing black is a must for this assignment. That second shot came out quite well - that little teddy looks scary!
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    Light painting..not to sure if I got this right.

    Turn off the lights..and holding your light source move it around?

    Neat looking..don't know if I have the patience for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat View Post
    Light painting..not to sure if I got this right.

    Turn off the lights..and holding your light source move it around?

    Neat looking..don't know if I have the patience for it
    Yup that's it Kat - Did a podcast on that one too in case anyone is interested. Thx Marko
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    Thanks folks. It was a bit of fun and I see lots of potential in the type of lighting you use and inspiration from that lighting for other types of shots also.

    A bit more info for Kat and others ... I used shutter speeds of around 20 and 30 secs.
    1st shot was done using one of those tiny bike LED's with the single red light you usually see flashing.

    The big orange looking shots (2nd and 4th) were created using a larger rear bike light that had both red and yellow/orange on it. It was set on continuous instead of flashing.

    On the more white shot you see (3rd image) I used two of those tiny white LED's common on the front of cyclists bikes. One was on the floor and casting a slight purplish glow up at the bear while I painted with the other.

    I was actually wearing black, a black muscle shirt (no arms) and black shorts for no other reason than it's Aussie in summer here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat View Post

    Neat looking..don't know if I have the patience for it
    No patience needed. I think I spent about 20 - 30 minutes and took about 10 shots.
    Give it a go if it interests you.
    Your camera's slowest shutter speed is 15 secs so you might have to work a tad faster or on something smaller than a bear the size of a filing cabinet! To work faster use a lower aperture setting than my f16. I kept the ISO low to avoid noise but you might use ISO 200 if you need.

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    moved photos to another album as some people couldn't the photos before.

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