Beginnings of a light painting journey

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by AK47J, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I've messed around with light painting in the past briefly, with a laser pointer and a lame point-n-shoot.

    Hadn't thought about it much until recently. My new girlfriend is interested in it. We took a short trip a couple weeks ago and ended up bored in the hotel room.
    I didn't have a tripod, or "proper" tools, but we MacGyver'ed up a tool. She folded and wrapped some pink underwear over a flashlight and held it with a hair tie.
    Most didn't turn out very well, but we had a lot of fun.

    This is supposed to be a house, tree and sun.

    We talked about playing around again and decided to last night.
    Again we MacGyver'ed some tools. Cut and folded colored tissue paper to diffuse some flashlights, held the paper in place with para cord.
    We walked down to a park close to my place. Used a tripod and remote. Didn't have a plan, just played around.

    First was a couple glow sticks

    Then on to our makeshift light pens

    Go home ... house, you are drunk
    Going crazy

    Then she had an idea. We tried it out. It worked but needs refinement.

    Nothing turned out the way we thought, lots were out of focus, but we had a blast!
    We will be moving forward with proper tools and better locations, ideas, etc.
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  2. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue Subscribing Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    These are lots of fun!
    I've done a bit of light painting, but only to highlight parts of a subject in a long exposure, where I was trying NOT to point the light source directly at the camera as I didn't want streaks.
    The other fun one (although be aware is slightly dangerous) is tie a ball of wire wool to a piece of 1 metre string, light the ball, swing it round, sparks fly everywhere (so don't have anyone/thing flammable or car paintwork near by!
    But you get amazing streaks.
    The trick is getting the shot so the person is not visible, which either means hiding them or having them move continuously which is sometimes possible if you want more than one source of the streaks.

    Anyway, look forward to seeing what you come up with next!
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  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Some seriously neat stuff
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  4. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Thank you guys!
  5. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
    nice shots :D 
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  6. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Cool Shots!
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  7. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    I hope that it was "her" pink underwear and not yours! :love:

    Joking aside...excellent shots!
    I'm not familiar with this form of photography, but sure is "neat".

    Thanks AK47J for sharing.
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  8. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Interesting. I have to try this one day.
  9. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    You should, it's super fun
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