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August 9, 2013 at 1:29 PMComments: 3 Faves: 1

Light Painting!

By Dayton from SLN More Blogs by This Author

Recently I have been going thru this weird phase of not knowing quite what to do with my time. At the same time I started getting more and more into independent advertising and started to think of cool new ways to display products. Late Wednesday night, or Thursday morning, (however you want to look at it), a friend and I were jus' doin' stuff because we could. We got some strawberry drinks at a gas station and then rode our longboards thru a few parking lots and circled a Fifth Third bank a few times. Then, after watching an episode of Pawn Stars and eating some chewy Chips Ahoy cookies we went outside out of boredom. 

Then I decided it was a good time to do some low-light photography! At first it was just random things...some leaves...a longboard...but everything looked dumb and I wasn't satisfied. Then I started to play with the exposure setting! As anyone that knows how a camera works is aware, long exposures and handheld shooting typically result in what looks like a smeared composition that is out of focus and spat upon by a cow. Never good. Luckily though, I had a tripod or two on me! Then, one thing after another (yay lazy writing! screw you details!) we ended up light painting with sparklers. See our madness below....

Ethan inside a vortex of doom.

Epic loops of awesomeness.

Glowy tree of death.

Mirrored/overlapped iPhone streaks

Shooting fire like a boss. light painting skills are in the baby stages...still cool though! I would like to explore the medium a little bit more, maybe integrate it into HDR photography. I think that it would look great in product photos like this:

Photo Credit: This Guy

And it would also be really cool in portraiture! That is, if I ever get into portrait photography...but I was thinking something like this:


Photo Credit: This Guy

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  • @dave dude that thing is awesome

  • Freaking awesome dude!

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