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Night Light, Part 2


Some more photos from my light painting adventure in July…


I’ve received a few emails asking how this was done, directions how to do it, etc etc.  The technique is called “light painting” and dates back several decades to some name-worthy pioneers of photography.  It is done by essentially doing just that: painting with light.

A light source (such as a flash, flashlight, glow sticks, etc.) is used as your “tool” to paint.  The various colors are created by using colored gels over the light source.

Each image was created in one long, single exposure.  These were not done in Photoshop, but in my camera.  Color correction and slight touch-ups on detail are the only post-processing techniques that I used for these.  (I do minimal post-processing work on all of my photos and prefer to get them correct in the camera.)

I had done light painting in the past, but not to this extent.  These photos had me pulling my hair out of frustration.  I don’t recall ever being as frustrated with photography as I was while doing these and I can assure you that it wasn’t easy.  In fact, it was some of the most difficult photography I’ve ever done.  Nevertheless, I stuck with it and now I am hooked!  Expect more in the future!