Painting With Light

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  1. bburton

    bburton TPF Noob!

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    Probably a number of you are familiar with the technique of "painting with light." I had never tried it and wanted to experiment.

    Basically here's what I did: set the camera on a tripod; turned out all the lights; opened the camera's shutter; used a small flashlight and passed the beam repeatedly over the subject while counting "one Mississippi (or so);" closed the camera's shutter; and this light painting is the result. :D

    By the way, this "painting" is of a ceramic flower.

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    DestinDave Master of Non Sequitur

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    Very nice result! What was the total exposure time? Did you flick the light on and off as you moved it about?
     
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    Thanks. The EXIF data says: only 1 second at f8 but I think the time was a tad longer. I probably made three quick passes in that time. It was a very weak pen light. I should have gone for a longer time and flicking the light off and on as I had several over exposures before I got the timing right. I'll try that next time. :thumbup:
     
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    AIRIC TPF Noob!

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    Nice!

    Eric
     
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    shoedumas Truly Canadian Eh?

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    Cool! I like that idea. If i had the money for a DSLR, I'd be all over that technique right now.
     
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    Cool effect - I'm going to try that!!

    Rob
     
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    Is this only possible with a DSLR? Not with film?
     
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    You could do it with a film camera no problem, but it's not as quick (or cheap) to see where you've gone wrong and adjust.

    Rob
     
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    Nice compostion and perfect light. Nice shot bb !
     
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    Very nice PWL shot. I'm familiar with the technique though I have never tried it on something small like this. Very nice job!
     

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