Light Painting

Light Painting

I realized this evening that I had not taken any pictures for my Night Photography class tomorrow evening (we’re supposed to take some pictures each week using different low-light techniques), and as it is pissing down outside I decided to head up into the dark parish hall and try out some “light painting” pictures.

This is a technique where you use a long exposure of a dark background and then move a light source like a flashlight around to create light trails- as the flashlight is brighter than the background you get lines of light in the picture (such as the headlight trails in my night pictures from last week).

So, here are some of my pictures, I think they’re quite successful- if a bit narcissistic- it’s not easy writing your name backwards with a flashlight 😉 

30″, f/5.6, ISO 100
30″, f/5.6, ISO 100, and this time I knelt down in front of the camera and put the flashlight on myself after writing my name
30″, f/7.1, ISO 200
30″, f/7.1, ISO 200, this one is my favorite- I paused with the light on my feet before I started writing so you get my phantom socks under the C 🙂


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