Saturday, 21 July 2012

Oil Paintings?

Harold Ross

Harold Ross

Actually more like Fine Art Light Painting Photography in true Harold Ross style.

   A remarkable man with a great passion for the fine art of light painting. Above is only    
   two of his amazing photos, you can see more on his own blog  
Where his passion started and what he's doing

   "My passion for photography started when I was very young, while standing next to 
   my father in the darkroom. I felt a sense of wonder as I watched his images magically  
   appear in the developing tray. That is what I feel, even today, whenever I take the 
   time to really see what surrounds me.
   I am inspired to share this sense of wonder with the viewers of my work when I see 
   how the light can bring out the detail, richness, and beauty of everyday objects.
   I’ve been a full time photographer for over 30 years. For over 24 years, virtually all 
   of my photographs have been made using the special technique of light painting*. 
   This has given me the ability to show subjects in a “different light”, so that viewers 
   can appreciate them in a new and unexpected way. I’m intrigued by the way in which 
   my subjects take on a sense of “hyper-reality”, brought on by the nature of unnatural  
   I’m drawn to things that are rich in texture and surface quality, often turning to 
   objects found in nature. I find that in combining these natural objects with man-
   made elements, I can further reveal their innate beauty through juxtaposition.
   The negative effects of time have often been addressed by artists and writers. I’m 
   convinced, however, that beauty isn’t necessarily diminished when something is 
   “past its prime”. In fact, I feel that time imparts a certain beauty that wasn't there 
Light painting requires working in a completely dark studio, opening the camera for an extended period of time, and “painting” the light onto the subject. This reveals greater shape, texture and color.

Harold Ross

Rob Cardillo

Dorothy Ringler

Sonia Nunez

Sonia Nunez

Bill Earle

Sonia Nunez

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Camera and Photoshop colab

   These light painting pictures are done for the CPD International Fashion Fair, thanks to 
   Alexander Wilhelm from HÄSSELBARTH UND FREUNDE for his fantastic Photoshop job. It  
   is built up out of hundred light elements that were shot using a long shutter in a studio  
   on a black background. 

   This project was found on lichtfaktor, have a look at their other work as well, they've 
   got quite big stuff going on there.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Light master: Patrick Rochon

Patrick Rochon is a true master of painting with light. There is no limits to his experimentation and creativity. He dedicated his life to this form of art.

He says about himself:


The art of moving light

   "I'm a light painter. With photography, video and live performances, I've been painting with light since 1992.   My work is about the movement of light cumulating through time and space. My mission is to get the greater public to know what light painting is, and for it to be recognized worldwide as a form of art."

   "He declared himself a full time light painter in 1997 on a flight to Tokyo. Patrick is known for his visionary light painting portraits as well as his work in the automotive world and his live light painting performances. He takes the art of light painting photography beyond its limits and produces some beautiful work along the way. Patrick enjoys creating spontaneously but he also has been known to meditate to find  his inspiration and then build on the momentum while he works to give birth to a bigger creation. In the early 90′s Patrick was living in New York and did a gallery exhibition with T.Y.K.2, the owner decided to fly the artist to Japan for an exhibition there and he fell in love with Tokyo. Patrick loved it so much he ended up letting his flight go back without him and he lived there for ten years. Patrick is now back living in Montreal Canada working on his light painting imagery."



                        Watch this video of Patrick Roschon and Aurora Crowley 
                        talking about their experience with painting with light.


                       Have a look at his own website 
                       to see more of his mindblowing work.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Mighty lightning

Photographing lightning can be quite tricky. There is safety concerns, photographic variables and conditions that don't make for easy shooting. But good preparation and knowledge can result into great lightning photos. 

You will need:
      -  a camera which allows you to set manually shutter speed and aperture
      -  a tripod (why you need a tripod)
      -  and a remote control. 

Why a remote control?
      Even if you use a tripod you still will not avoid camera shake without using a remote control, because your camera will vibrate at the moment you press the shutter button. When you shoot at a fast shutter speed, this vibration do not influence the final image, but when you choose long exposure time, objects on the photo – houses, trees, etc – will look blurred.
If you use a remote control, the camera stays untouched, which prevents from appearing 
camera shake effect. If you do not have a remote control, you can make use of self-
timer, though it is not very convenient, as it takes more time to take each shot.

When you see the first lightning flashes in the sky,set the maximum auto shutter speed (it is usually 15 or 30 sec),set aperture at  f14-18 (actually, aperture settings may differ 
depending on the situation, so you will have to experiment before you find the best 
setting), put your camera on a tripod and focus on the part of the sky, where you saw 
lightning flashes. Make sure that your camera is safe from rain drops, since the 
conditions are normally wet and windyThe wind can also have a blurry effect on the 
clouds if your shutter stays open for too long.

When all the arrangements are made, you can start continuous shooting of that part of the sky, where lightning appears from time to time. Keep on photographing and you are 
sure to get a few great images of lightning. Be patient. It takes practice and a lot of shots 
to get the right one because lightning is very unpredictable. But when you get that perfect striking picture, you will know that it was worth the wait.

Whether you're an adrenalin junkie or not, remember you are a victim for being struck 
by lightning if you are close to something tall like pole, on your phone or in an open 
field. Be safe and enjoy the might beauty!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Do it with sparklers

   Since I just had the painting with light show on campus and everyone did something with a sparkler and got to tag themselves on the i like light Facebook page, I thought it would be cool to see what other people came up with, experimenting with sparklers. As well as a tutorial to get the best effects of a sparkler captured on camera.

Jogi Art

Picture Wendy


                             Try to bring reflective surfaces into the photo for 
                             nice effects. Anything from steel to water works 
                               great for adding that extra touch to a photo

Friday, 11 May 2012

How many lasers is that?

   With a laser show coming soon, I thought it suitable to post about lasers. I would like to
thank Milton (also going by the name 'Better than a sharp stick in the eye' on for posting his photos of experimenting with a laser.

All he used was a laser with 5 different heads, they're not too hard to find.

How to do this yourself:

   Set up your camera on a tripod, and switch the shutterspeed to anything between 1     
and 3 seconds, depending on the amount of detail you want in the photo. Shine the laser against a wall while turning the head to get the moving patterns.

A lot of experimenting can be done with 5 different heads!

Great for the winter when you'd rather stay indoors.

   A different way of using these lasers for a complete different effect is to actually shining it in an area with objects. Not necessarily outside.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Catch a Firework

    Fireworks are always very mesmerizing, whether you watch it from close-by or from far away. You can see celebration in the air. It's one of those experiences you really want to capture on your camera because it's so beautiful.

    It's hard to get a lot of experimental time for photographing fireworks, because it's such an occasional thing and doesn't last very long. So it's hard to get really good firework photos that's doesn't just show that you have seen the fireworks. This tutorial give that extra tips and techniques you need to know before the fireworks start shooting. Enjoy!


William McIntosh
                   It makes a picture just so much better if you can include 
                   nice architecture, landscape or foreground subjects.

Srichand Pendyala

Paul Niccolls

Deleep George

Steve Siewmei
Water is a great feature to add to the photo if possible.
Reflections of light in water are awesome to work with.