Monday, June 6, 2011

Light Painting - Part 1

Light painting, also known as light drawing or light graffiti is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.

Having read this i tried some of this stuff myself. Using the torch light from an old Nokia cellphone and darkness as the canvas i got some pretty interesting results. Shot using a Canon T2i at 30 second shutter exposure. Will be experimenting on this using different light sources and techniques. The red trails seen in the pictures are when my finger was between the light source and the camera. So basically its my blood shining through :-D

Here are a few pics of the same. If you zoom in closely you might just be able to see me.18 mega pixel photos at 4+ MB might take time to load. Click to enlarge.

Painting alphabetical characters is a real nasty job if you are a first timer at this. Had to do it a couple of times to get it right in the frame.

Getting cursive Eh ? That should be in the past tense actually :-D

Bringing the light source closer to a wall surface can yield completely different results as the light intensity diminishes as we move away from the source giving a soft feathered appearance at the edges.