I had grand ideas in my head; but, my skills were sorely lacking. What I did instead was brainstorm to modify what I envisioned into something doable for me. I then learned all I could about light painting and planned everything out. You can find a way to do something even it’s a modified version of what you envisioned.
I also learned that I really enjoy light painting and night photography. Who knew?!? I’m NOT a night person. However, last year’s night photography and more recently, the city at night challenge, has shown me I enjoy the challenge of taking pictures at night. So, I returned to taking pictures at night with light painting for this week’s challenge.
By the way, I had a lot of fun; but, I was so mentally exhausted that I do believe my next few 52Frames’ submissions will be simple consistency shots. I need time to recover. Ha!
The Unbearable Being of Lightness
Here is what I wrote:
This is composed of a LOT of things that I’m learning. I still have a long ways to go concerning Photoshop. Light painting is another first attempt of mine. I need to figure out how to use bulb mode as it was only two of us. Instead, I used a timer of 30 seconds (max before bulb) and rushed all the while hoping I’d get something somewhat decent.
I am a huge fan of fantasy (and a little Sci-Fi). I did not have enough skills to execute exactly what I had in my mind; but, I modified what I imagined into something I could accomplish. This is a mashup of many of my favorite fantasy books, TV, and movies not to mention adding the being of light which I do not know or remember where that source came from. Someday, when I learn what I need to know, I will redo this idea of mine.
The circular wormhole was easy to obtain. I tied a keychain with blue led light onto a string and swung it around while using my index finger to cause the circle to get gradually smaller. I did the same thing with the color orange. I believe I eventually settled on 10 seconds shutter speed for both orange and blue lights.
The being of light part took me over 20 takes to get even half the look I was shooting for. Yes, you read that correctly. 20 different shots. Some of the takes were pretty wild looking because I was frantic trying to light up him to make it look the way I wanted within 30 seconds (shutter speed). I just did not give up and I finally got the image I was half-way happy with.
All of the night pictures were done in one evening. It took me over two hours to get all the images I wanted simply due to the fact I was learning as I go.
The wormhole picture was obtained when I gave myself an hour the following day to wander the country roads near my home in search of a scene. I found this scene after about 50 minutes of wandering. Lucky me. If I hadn’t found it, I would have used another circular shot I had done the night before with a green led light for the center.
By the way, I got lost while wandering the country roads in search of a scene to shoot. I had to use the GPS to find my way back home. I couldn’t even tell you where the scene is located.