Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thematic Photographic - Light

Yesterday's post of "Fire in the Sky" sort of falls into the light category.

Like Carmi said, photography is all about mastering light. One of the things I was anxious to do was master fireworks. After my spring class, I was excited about the 4th of July, and as you can see, I didn't do too badly. One thing that my instructor had mentioned was "painting" with light.

He showed us an effect where he set a long exposure on a windmill at night...and used a flashlight fitted with a red filter...and "painted" the windmill while the camera shutter was open. The result was a red windmill sitting on a darkened background. Quite cool.

For me, I just let the kids play with sparklers. Scott even took one in hand and did some "painting" for me. I did have to reverse the image (he can't write backwards, lol). Click on the pictures to enlarge and get a full effect.

Hannah's squiggle

Scotty's "light tornado"

Scott's light painting

11 comments:

Kim said...

Just beautiful! I am impressed. There HAS to be some natural talent to go along with these classes you've been taking! :)Keep it up!

Barb said...

Linda, very nice! These shots are tricky and you nailed it! Thanks for stopping by.

Jessica said...

Those are so cool! I love it!

Sue said...

Wow, I absolutely love those :) great job sissy bear

Mojo said...

Mastering fireworks is a serious challenge! These are cool though. Love the "signature".

Heather said...

Very cool! I especially like the one where he wrote his name. Thanks for sharing!

ciara said...

i love it...and i'm like heather, the name one is very cool. i've still got to get mine up. been trying to play catch-up this week.

rennratt said...

This is so cool!

I am sending Sara, my bonus sister, your way. She is a budding photographer as well, and will LOVE your ideas!

smarmoofus said...

Oooh, I did something similar with a laser pointer... Lovely sparkler art!

-smarmoofus

saintseester said...

Now that is impressive! What great fun for the kids, as well. I just might have to try that, although my daughter will not hold a sparkler - she'll run away screaming in fear. Hmmm, perhaps an LED flashlight would look cool.

Berry Patch said...

My BIL just told me about this. He did this with his house but I haven't seen the photo yet. I went & checked it out on-line. I don't think my little point & shoot digital can do this. Someday....
It's a VERY cool effect & I love the shots you shared.