5 am: Night & Light

WEEK 7: PHOTOGRAPHY

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1. [MOVING LIGHT CAPTURE] Tail Light Serenade: 19 Feb 2011 – 9 pm; Rexburg, ID – 2nd South outside the Snow Bldg. (BYU—Idaho); f/4.5; 8 secs; Canon PowerShot A400; mini tripod sitting on the sidewalk; Photoshop Vibrance & Curves adjustment layers.

2. [LIGHT PAINTING] Fingertip Glow 1: 19 Feb 2011 – 6 am; Rexburg, ID – My Apartment (Peterson Point Apts.); f/2.8; 15 secs; Canon PowerShot A400; mini tripod sitting on the table; Photoshop Vibrance & Curves adjustment layers; Subject matter is an LED flashlight covered by my finger.

3. [LIGHT PAINTING] Fingertip Glow 2: 19 Feb 2011 – 6 am; Rexburg, ID – My Apartment (Peterson Point Apts.); f/2.8; 15 secs; Canon PowerShot A400; mini tripod sitting on the table; Photoshop Vibrance & Curves adjustment layers; Subject matter is an LED flashlight covered by my finger.

4. [CAMERA MOTION PAINTING] River of Light Waves: 19 Feb 2011 – 6 am; Rexburg, ID – My Apartment (Peterson Point Apts.); f/8; 5 secs; Canon PowerShot A400; Photoshop Vibrance & Curves adjustment layers; Subject matter is our Christmas lights dangling from kitchen cabinets.

5. [CAMERA MOTION PAINTING] River of Xmas Lights: 19 Feb 2011 – 6 am; Rexburg, ID – My Apartment (Peterson Point Apts.); f/8; 2 secs; Canon PowerShot A400; Photoshop Vibrance & Curves adjustment layers; Subject matter is our Christmas lights dangling from kitchen cabinets.

SUMMARY: NIGHT & LIGHT

Up until this point, the extent of my photographic experience trying to capture light in dark environments was using automatic settings and putting the camera on a tripod to try to keep the subject in focus. This was a fun exploration for me, resulting in some surprising shots. I experimented quite a bit with the effects of light close to the camera and light far away from the camera. For example, the camera motion paintings combined dramatic camera shake with far away lights and a slow pan past lights right next to the camera. The white accents/highlights in the light paintings were definitely the coolest “accidents” that happened as I was experimenting. I covered an LED flashlight with my finger and waved it around in front of the camera. Occasionally, my finger would slip ever so slightly, allowing small glimmers of white light to escape for a brief moment. This is definitely a concept that I hope to revisit sometime soon.

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One Response to “5 am: Night & Light”
  1. ryancarreon says:

    Your camera motion painting is sweet! It looks like its raining light. How many christmas lights did you use? Great concept, the string of lights gives the light streaks a parallel effect which looks awesome.

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