Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Let there be light painting

Went out the other night to light paint an old school house with some friends. Two of them had never light painted before - so it was really fun to see their reaction.

My tripod is all messed up - so I mostly just lit up the building.

I did get a few shots off with a borrowed tripod.

This building is an hour north of Omaha - somewhere.

Light painting is a lot of fun - unless some rednecks pull up in a car and want to know what the BLEEP you are doing. That scenario even made my friend Roger nervous...and he grew up in the hood.

It was an amazing night for stars - and I pretty cool spot. I can't wait to go back.

Nikon d7000
Tokina 12-24


christiancari said...

This is beautiful! I'd love to know how you do this.

Mark said...

Thanks for the comment - the quick answer...

a good subject
a good tripod
a good clear night
a big flash light

this was a 25 second exposure - so you need a good steady tripod - i used a remote control shutter release as well.

In order to see all those stars we had to get away from Omaha. This location was an hour north of the city. If you are close to the city, the lights from the city will obscure the stars.

So you set your tripod, focus manually on the subject, set your shutter speed for 25 seconds, your app. around f4 - the hit shutter and light up the subject. Then check and see what you have on your LCD. Adjust as necessary.

If your shutter is much longer than that then you will have movement in the stars - that is fine if that is what you are going for.

Just be careful - this stuff is addicting.

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