Get to the shot. Week eight. Painting with Light

February 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Get to the Shot. Week eight. Painting with light.

From my second week “Get to the shot. Painting with light”, the very first picture on there is a cabin that I tried to photograph using the “paint with light” technique. It was a complete failure. My leg movement across the scene showed up, and I struggled to get the trees in the background painted. With a little more experience with this technique, I returned to the cabin with the hope to get it right this time. Still room for improvement, this time around the results was much, much better. But I still can’t decide between the two different compositions. I have to say though, with the snow covering the entire scene, it was much easier to paint the trees in the background. DSCF1008DSCF1008Long exposure photography and Painting with Light Photography DSCF1014DSCF1014Long exposure photography and Painting with Light Photography

On second thoughts. This second one seems to do the trick.

Naturally, with the fresh snow, I also had to return to Lac Sinclair to try some more painting. I tried a few different compositions from the same areas I did before … with satisfactory results. DSCF0943DSCF0943Long exposure photography and Painting with Light Photography DSCF0941DSCF0941Long exposure photography and Painting with Light Photography

One of my compact cameras (yes I have two cameras and both are compact cameras) has a inbuilt setting for photographing stars. This time, I didn't paint the scene, but the ambient light form nearby building did the trick. With the still water of the lake, I was able to capture this reflection. Although I like to photo, it’s clear I need a full frame camera to get really good results with these long exposures. Anyone has £2000 burning a hole in his pocket? IMG_8783-2IMG_8783-2Long exposure photography and Painting with Light Photography

My favourite shot of the week is this tree. It’s a simple composition, but with a lot of snow on the branches and painting it from the bottom, made the it seem like it was glowing white. DSCF0933DSCF0933Long exposure photography and Painting with Light Photography

​One thing I have learned about this painting with light technique. You obviously need to do a long exposure (all the photos above are 30sec), but it's a lot easier to capture you light painting if your aperture is wide open. Around f4 will do the trick.

 

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