What is Light Painting?
Light painting is the term used when a long exposure photograph is taken in a dark environment, while a light source (such as a torch, glowstick, sparkler etc) is used to highlight or “paint” certain elements in the frame. The exposure can be anywhere around 3 seconds to 90 seconds. 30 seconds is a common duration, depending on other factors, ISO, F/Stop, light polution and strength of your chosen “brush”. Often for lager pieces several photographs may be layered on top of one another to produce a finished single image. This can allow for shorter exposures. Longer exposures tend to have to close of the aperture to prevent the background blowing out or becoming noisy. While creating these images it can really feel like painting, as the light falls onto the subject some light is reflected back to the camera. The more light you shine onto the subject, or part of the subject the brighter it will appear in the shot.
The wonderful thing about this kind of photography is that movement of bright light sources such as a torch can really be captured, while non light sources that are moving, such as the artist will not bounce enough light back to the camera to be retained in the image. So, you can move through the frame, painting along the way leaving only trails of glowing light over the top of a more traditional looking photo.
Last night was another restless night for me. It seems to be a common occurrence! Still, to make the most of my night time I took it upon myself to do the light painting I have been planning. A few local spots have caught my attention and I really wanted to get stuck in once the full moon had gone. Last night though, it was cloudy, and a little rainy, but at 3:30 am i went for it. Came home about 6am…. got a wet arse from a incident on the Dino Slide- Slippy when wet! Was worth the next 5 shots with wet pants though. Quite happy with it. Hope you like. Shot on the Canon 50D for a change.