18 Jan 18 An approach to photography called painting with light, a rather silly term since all photography is done by capturing light, is a method of rendering your image by virtue of a single light source being "painted" across a subject. It is done in the dark so that only the surface receiving the strokes of light are recorded. Generally this is accomplished through the use of something like a single flash light although the photographer is free to employ as many light sources as desired. The more directed the light source the more constrained the result. As you might imagine you can use any kind of light source you desire manipulating not only color but shape if desired. The resulting photo can be anything you want from highly creative to very exacting. This style of photography has been in fashion to some degree for at least 20 years but last night was the first time I have ever tried it. Our "local" camera club traveled to my neck of the woods and met at a lighthouse just a few miles from where we live. We spent the better part of two hours playing with different lights, different timings, and different presentations of light to see what we might come up with to share with each other. Some even put creative glass filters in front of their lens to get still different looks. Over the course of the two hours I got 4 shots that I really liked and I'm sharing one of those for today. I plan on returning on a fully starred night to record one shot of the starry sky and another of the painted lighthouse which I'll sandwich together to get the look I really want. But for a first attempt this shot is O.K.
I've straightened the left end, cropped of some due to not having my lens hood on properly, sandwiched two shots together to get the blue of the light properly exposed, and burned in a bright spot on the right building to lessen its influence. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Manual Mode; ISO 400; 30 sec @ f / 8 on a tripod.
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