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Light painted flowers

I have had a filthy cold for the last couple of weeks so have not been to inclined to go out looking for photo's, so i spent an evening in the warm and got these instead. Thanks for looking ATB Martin









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Re: Light painted flowers

I like them. Good compositions and I like the muted tones.

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Re: Light painted flowers

Very nice. I like a black background.
Nos 2,3 & 5 would look good printed on A4 and mounted as a triptych.

What was your setup?

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Re: Light painted flowers

They are great.

Like Duncan, I'd like to know how they were taken as its something I want to explore.

Please assume you are explaining this to a moron (me not Duncan)
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Re: Light painted flowers

Very nice despite your filthy cold.
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Re: Light painted flowers

Thanks to all for the kind words, the set up for these is very simple. Camera set up on a tripod, flower/s in a vase on a coffe table about 12-18inches away. Compose subject in live view and set focus manualy, set exposure to appeture priority F8-F11. completely black out room (curtains drawn at night) and then remove any other light sources. Then set camera self timer for a 2 second delay. illuminate flowers up close with a very small LED torch (mine is on my mobile phone) press shutter to set exposure time and start 2 second timer remove torch out of shot and start painting the flowers with light as soon as the shutter opens until it then closes, exposure time for me was usually between 15 and 60 second depending on subject and camera to subject distance. experiment with light movement, angle and more time in one place than another to high light or low light certain parts of your subject. The only thing you have to carefull of are reflections from other items in your chosen studio, for me it was my tv screen. The other method I used was almost identicle to the one above except for setting the camera on full auto and varying the exposure time until i got the effect i required. If you look at my gallery ther are two images of an industrial metal halide bulb that were produced in a similar way. one image was light painted and you see the light trails in the glass and a second image where the bulb was illuminated from a fixed light source (phone torch propped on table) and then the bulb fillament was light painted with a red laser pointer. Go and have a play it is possible to get some very satisfying images with very little problem. Again thanks to those who commented. ATB Martin
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Re: Light painted flowers

They're absolutely gorgeous. I think I like the second one, of the two flowers, best.

Thanks for the 'how to', and the tip/idea of alternative light sources.
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Very clever and innovative, certainly food for thought.

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