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ChrisW
18th January 2012, 09:15 PM
Many thanks again to all who took the time to submit entries and vote!

The top three are:

1st – photo 2 - Kilchuirn Castle, from Wanderer
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1351/2_Kilchuirn_Castle.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/41964)


2nd - photo 1 - Comings or Goings?, from ChrisW
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1351/1_Comings_or_Goings.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/41968)


3rd – photo 5 - Wensleydale???, from andym
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1351/5_Wensleydale.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/41967)

Well done to everybody, especially Wanderer for the winning entry *chr

Its over to Duncan now to set the next challenge.

Chevvyf1
18th January 2012, 09:44 PM
Well done to everyone who entered - it was difficult !

Duncan the light on your castle was quite special :D a well deserved win *yes

wanderer
18th January 2012, 10:02 PM
Oh my goodness me. I'm chuffed.
Thank you to those who voted.

It was fine but cold evening standing taking the photo.
The exposure was a minute. The light on the castle is 2 large Homebase torches.
And the only expense was dropping my glasses in the bog where they remain.

I'll take a day or so to figure out a new challenge. I've got a couple of ideas but I'll distill it down (with a dram).

BobS
18th January 2012, 10:25 PM
Three very deserving winners! Congratulations to all.

Wee man
18th January 2012, 10:34 PM
Well done to all.

IainMacD
18th January 2012, 10:55 PM
Well done to Duncan, Chris and Andy; great photos.
Duncan - I remember you showing me one of those torches/floodlights when we were on Skye, nice to see they have been put to good use - well done
Iain

Bikie John
19th January 2012, 10:30 AM
Congrats Duncan, a lovely photo. All the entries had plenty going for them and it was difficult to pick two not to vote for, so thanks to everybody who entered.

Ciao ... John

snaarman
19th January 2012, 10:34 AM
Come on ChrisW - that excellent second place shot: I can't be the only one, what is going on there???

Pete

LMGruchy
19th January 2012, 10:47 AM
I thought they were all brilliant shots.

ChrisW
19th January 2012, 11:22 AM
It’s a long time since anybody has ‘torched a castle’, but Duncan has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase *chr

Come on ChrisW - that excellent second place shot: I can't be the only one, what is going on there???

It is an effect I have been trying to perfect for a long time. The image was a 120 second exposure and was taken at Stronachlachar steamer pier, which is at the far end of Loch Katrine, in the Trossachs.

The shutter was controlled using a 7-DayShop intervalometer, set for a single twenty second delay, and single 120 second exposure. I started the intervalometer and then moved around the pier and created the light domes.

To take make a light dome you start with the wheel facing you, and you facing the camera. You switch on the lights, spin the wheel in a circle until it is back facing you and then switch the lights off again.

Photos with light domes first appeared in 2010, and until recently the method behind creating the domes was a closely guarded secret.

Their creation has involved much debate and I experimented with everything from hanging baskets, coat hangers on bearing and hinges, to cut down umbrellas – none of which came close to accurately and quickly recreating the domes.

Late last year the inventor of the technique finally revealed how the domes were created – LED lights on the rim of a bicycle wheel. Onto the wheel you fix an axle, the axle length is the same as the radius of the wheel.

After even more experimentation my light dome painting tools are made up from:

an old bike wheel
an axle made from workshop bits and pieces
three strings of battery powered white LEDS from B&Q
three toggle switches
lots of black duck tape,
red, green and blue insulating tape to give the three colours.
modified flashgun/ball mount come intervalometer holder

My early versions used bare LED bulbs and these were too bright and always produced ghost images of me crouching at the back of each dome. Covering the LED’s with coloured tape softened the light, stopped the ghosts and stopped the light of the domes becoming blown highlights.

If anybody is interested I can post up images of the wheel and intervalometer holder.

snaarman
19th January 2012, 11:52 AM
an old bike wheel
an axle made from workshop bits and pieces
three strings of battery powered white LEDS from B&Q
three toggle switches
lots of black duck tape,
red, green and blue insulating tape to give the three colours.
modified flashgun/ball mount come intervalometer holder


If anybody is interested I can post up images of the wheel and intervalometer holder.


Oh dear. I didn't understand the picture. Now I don't understand the answer :) I was happier with my first opinion: Aliens

Pete

ChrisW
19th January 2012, 01:09 PM
Oh dear. I didn't understand the picture. Now I don't understand the answer :) I was happier with my first opinion: Aliens


Okay, to save further worry on your part, I can assure you it was aliens coming and going from Loch Katrine, or “Loch 51” as locals refer to it.

I was out for a drive, and the electrics in the car started playing up. Initially I did blame the Prince of Darkness, but then I remembered that Saab’s have no Lucas components.

Then out on the far side of the loch I heard what I thought the local colliery brass band running through a few tunes, it sounded a bit like this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBAOLqBjIFk&feature=related

Next thing I knew I was at home, and down loading the photo I submitted to the competition.

Since then I seem to have lost interest in photography and all I think about is building a big model of a mountain shaped like an upturned rubbish bin :eek:

BobS
19th January 2012, 02:49 PM
Oh dear. I didn't understand the picture. Now I don't understand the answer :) I was happier with my first opinion: Aliens

Pete

I feel the same!

pfieldhouse
19th January 2012, 05:46 PM
Oh dear. I didn't understand the picture. Now I don't understand the answer :) I was happier with my first opinion: Aliens

Pete


http://lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-photography/chris-benbow-light-painting-dome-video-tutorial/

Now I see the light!

ChrisW
19th January 2012, 08:58 PM
http://lightpaintingphotography.com/light-painting-photography/chris-benbow-light-painting-dome-video-tutorial/

Now I see the light!

That's certainly a better explanation of the process. Thanks *chr

wanderer
19th January 2012, 10:14 PM
Well I thought I was pulling a blinder with light but that beats me hands down.
I notice the last orange one is missing. Did you fall in the loch?:D

mark_airey
20th January 2012, 08:32 AM
I wanted to enter this so much but I missed the deadline to enter :(

Bikie John
20th January 2012, 09:11 AM
I wanted to enter this so much but I missed the deadline to enter :(

Don't worry Mark, there will another one along in a day or two!

John

mark_airey
20th January 2012, 09:28 AM
Don't worry Mark, there will another one along in a day or two!

John

I know but it won't be after dark though :(

Never mind, i'm sure I will get over it *sob

ChrisW
20th January 2012, 09:58 AM
Well I thought I was pulling a blinder with light but that beats me hands down.
I notice the last orange one is missing. Did you fall in the loch?:D

Nearly, I took a few different versions of the photo and the submitted one had the best spacing of the domes without too many overlaps.

I had tried to take a few similar images in Edinburgh, but nothing else looked quite as good as the Loch Katrine photo.

Going back to your image, I was wondering about the brightness of your torch, just how much candlepower does it take to throw the light that far?

Chevvyf1
20th January 2012, 10:01 AM
Nearly, I took a few different versions of the photo and the submitted one had the best spacing of the domes without too many overlaps.

I had tried to take a few similar images in Edinburgh, but nothing else looked quite as good as the Loch Katrine photo.

Going back to your image, I was wondering about the brightness of your torch, just how much candlepower does it take to throw the light that far?

I was wondering that ! :eek: Good Question !

Chris I think your "light baskets" are utterly awesome and it is kind of you to share the secret recipe :D I always wondered how it was done ... maybe one day ...

wanderer
20th January 2012, 10:44 AM
I was wondering about the brightness of your torch, just how much candlepower does it take to throw the light that far?

I can't find it on Homebase but here it is on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rechargeable-Spotlight-000-Candlepower/dp/B000ROD8EO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1327055646&sr=8-9


It stands on its own legs. You get about 40-45 minutes of good light before it goes phut. So careful planning is in order. It also takes overnight to recharge. There are stronger models available!:eek:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wagan-Million-Candle-Rechargeable-Spotlight/dp/B002TW92PG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_diy_7


I did use 2, mainly to cover as much of the castle as possible. A quick blip of light to position and then turn it off until clicking the shutter.

There was a very good article in Outdoor Photography several years ago about 'painting' seacliffs in Northumberland which is what set me thinking.

jorgea
24th January 2012, 05:50 PM
Oh my goodness me. I'm chuffed.
Thank you to those who voted.

It was fine but cold evening standing taking the photo.
The exposure was a minute. The light on the castle is 2 large Homebase torches.
And the only expense was dropping my glasses in the bog where they remain.

I'll take a day or so to figure out a new challenge. I've got a couple of ideas but I'll distill it down (with a dram).



You rightly deserve to win. Great job. We all can learn something from your skilled abilities as a photographer

Phill D
24th January 2012, 08:27 PM
The torch lit castle is great Duncan but the geeky side of me was fascinated by the domes. Thanks Chris for putting us out of our misery trying to work it out.

Chevvyf1
28th January 2012, 09:05 AM
Has anyone seen Duncan posting about here ? I was wandering where the new Challange Spec is ? I am unable to find it .. HELP ? *yes

mark_airey
28th January 2012, 12:48 PM
^^ this, been waiting for a new challenge to appear but can't find anything :(

mistamal
6th October 2012, 01:28 PM
night shots are really the best...