Painting with Light – home experiments

My tripod has arrived. I’ve managed to figure out how to use it – just about.  OK, it’s not quality and it won’t last a lifetime. It’s a bit clunky to use and my 28-135mm lens makes my camera a bit too heavy for it but it will be OK for now.

So,  I set up the camera on the tripod and with the cable release. Lights out. And attempted a bit of painting with light.  First efforts were with the mobile phone, which although it produces a nice shade of blue, you could often see the shape of the phone in the images.

After some searching I managed to find a tiny torch and this produces much nicer and smoother painting.

I’m starting to see the potential of this type of photography to create some interesting abstract images.  I went online to do a bit of research and I came across this blog:

lightpaintingphotography.com

It was really interesting to read the history and the photographers who have used this technique (lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-history/).  I loved this idea of outlining the figure with light. I might have a go at this kind of thing later in the week:

self-portrait-1977

Criteria; 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

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