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Light Painting - gown sequence number five

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 22 February 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

model: NiCole - studio session - (2010)

Light painting has fascinated me and I've been experimenting with it for about three years. This was the finest session I've had to date - and this my favorite image from it.

I employ two identical LED flashlights to illuminate the 30 second exposure. I have purchased so many flashlights that it hurts to think about it. Getting workable color temperature and the right amount of light is key.

This day was especially enjoyable as there were three photographer friends sharing the experience and experimentation along with our model and yours truly. Here - William applied the lights while Carolyn and I worked the cameras. Ruth was attending to the dog just then. Since we gathered three separate recordings of each exposure from three different positions and different lenses - my hope is to create a compilation of images from the session.

FYI / EXIF fans:

Canon 5D-Mk II with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 - at 35mm - f/11 for 30 seconds.

A special thank you to NiCole who is just remarkable at holding these long poses - despite a being circled at close quarters by the light wielder while all of us made wise-cracks - she was motionless. More photographs from this Saturday's session with model NiCole will resume on Wednesday. Please note - there's some very mild nudity on some.

Larger view:

[tomorrow]: more fun with Kat Love on the streets of San Francisco for our Tuesday.

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations : a great shot

22 Feb 2010 5:36am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Nice one, the light on her is really nice

22 Feb 2010 6:25am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

exciting project

22 Feb 2010 7:58am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Nicely done - it takes a certain special patience to master light painting, so I never will. Look forward to seeing more...

22 Feb 2010 8:06am

Louis Hebert from Kuwait, Kuwait

beautiful shot. The light seems to share the feeling of smoke in this image.

22 Feb 2010 8:08am

@Louis Hebert: Thanks for your kind comment, Louis.

David from Detroit, United States

The lighting on the model is soft-- it has a unique quality. The swirls from the flashlight make a great compositional element. It almost looks like the light on the model is actually coming from the swirls... oh, wait, it was!

22 Feb 2010 12:16pm

@David: I adore your well thought observation, David. You well may be on to something here!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

One wonders : ] best...jerry

22 Feb 2010 3:04pm

@ordinaryimages: Indeed - - - one does - - - best back to you, Jerry.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wow, Stephen, it's a seductive composition,.Ilike very much the scene.

22 Feb 2010 5:16pm

@Paco Díaz: Thank you Francisco - NiCole is intense and I love working with her.

philippe from moselle, France

Belle effet, c'est beau !!!

22 Feb 2010 6:58pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Very nice

22 Feb 2010 8:44pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

captivating image, model and fascinating to learn of your technique and patience. Interesting to see the technique combined so succesfully with a portrait. Great work Stephen!

22 Feb 2010 9:37pm

k@ from Paris, France

Like calligraphy in the air, super clever association with the model, as if flying away from her thoughts*

22 Feb 2010 9:54pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Your experimentation has garnered wonderful results......sounds like you had a great time at this shoot, and superb results from it!!!! I've thought about playing with led's, but just never gotten around to it, yet.......

22 Feb 2010 10:41pm

@Susan: I hope this series proves an inspiration to you, Susan. By far, the greatest aspect for photographers in the digital revolution is the ability to experiment. I look at some of the experiments I would try while shooting transparencies - and I would spend hundreds of dollars in film and processing - whether the idea worked or not. We get pretty much a 'free ride' while having fun trying things out. And you have a new camera to run with - - - Yippee!

I've had over 34,000 activations with my 3 year old Canon 5D. That's the equivalent of 944 rolls of film. Figuring $7 for a 36 exposure roll of film and another $8 for processing - that would have cost me $14,160 plus tax. Comparatively, a digital camera starts to look like a real good deal!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I love your calculations!!! Makes me feel like I got a real bargain on the 40d!! Now, if I can only get this "spot" situation resolved.......

22 Feb 2010 11:54pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nicely done and kudos to NiCole for her being so stoic in the mist of all the chaos.

23 Feb 2010 1:37am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

This is superb, a stylish and classy shot with the light painting adding such style to this

23 Feb 2010 2:57am

T.h0Ómas_* from Paris, France

nice job. I like this composition =)

23 Feb 2010 10:31am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful photo . Love both model and setup .

23 Feb 2010 3:00pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

This is something very special (only quick comments from me at the moment,backache and all that you understand)

24 Feb 2010 2:24pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Take care of yourself, Anthony. We look for your rapid pain-free return to duty, here!

SupraSonic from Brunei, Brunei Darussalam

Lovely and perfect settings

26 Feb 2010 3:14pm