Long nite exposure, and painting specific subjects.

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  1. RyanLilly

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    OK, even though I when I take pictures of things and landscapes, they make me say blah, thats boring, I think I may give a try on some cityscapes with a "pop."

    The IDEA: There are a few interesting pieces of graffiti, around St.Louis. One that I find interesting, although artistically there is not much to it, reads "Forgive Yourself." It's interesting to me that someone went to all trouble of destroying property, to write a fairly meaningful message. This is high on the side of a building that you can see from the highway.

    So the plan would be for me to find a good vantage pint to set up my tripod, And Ideally have someone on the phone ready to "paint" the graffiti with a couple flashguns, while I a take a long exposure, all when I say GO.

    Now, One problem I foresee is that the person doing the painting, may not be able to get close enough to use the flash effectively, so my thought was to use a couple of million candlepower spotlights that plug into the cigarette lighter. Although this may require a much longer exposure.

    The Ideal result would be a cityscape at night with the graffiti looking like a well illuminated billboard.

    Any Suggestion? And not the basic crap, like low iso and stopping down etc, but more suggestions on creative lighting and anything other ideas.



    Crap, I spelled Night wrong.:blushing:
     
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    get a car battery, consult some people who know about electricity, and buy/hire a big light...point this in the direction of the graffitti, should work...dunno never done it myself but sounds good
     
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    The flashgun 'painting' may run into trouble – even if it's within range – because the flash gun needs to recharge in between firings. Thus your max (slow) shutter speed (30 secs?) may not be long enough for that flash to fire and recharge a couple of times.

    The spotlight is probably the better option.

    How about exposing the grafitti with the spotlight and then making another couple of (long) exposures of the scene without the spotlight. You can then merge/blend those exposures in HDR.
    Of course you shoot RAW, right?
     
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    I roll with Alf on this one. You get much more control with a spotlight, et al. Longer exposure would definitely be of the order but you can probably cut the trial and error at least in half with the increased control.
     
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    I think it would be cool to do it with one long exposure. you can either get enough flashes to "paint" the wall or use a spot light
     
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    What about the head lights of your car? Is there any way to park so that they light it up?
     
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    HDR is a good thought, and yes, nothing but RAW.:thumbup: I think when I get a time planned for ding this I'll make sure to have shots that cover these possibilities. I had thought about the flash recycle time as well, I guess I'll try a few thing and figure out what works best. I think HDR is probably when answer to getting both exposures correct.

    Thanks for the input.
    Ryan
     
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    Well for this particular spot, no, but now that you bring it up, it reminds me that my friend has pickup with spotlights on the sides that could be nice. Its an old electric company truck.
     
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    What's cool about it when that doesn't work?
     
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    it would be cool if you could get it to work
     
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    What type of flashes are you using? How many flashes do you have? How high is the graffiti?

    Would putting the flash on a light stand/boom give the person holding it the exta length for them to reach the graffiti?

    BTW, very cool idea, I hope you post your results.
     

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