All entries for Saturday 04 February 2006

February 04, 2006

Painting with light

If you've got kids, you'll know that they are facinated with torches. At least, I was a long time ago and my two are now. That's good enough for me to base a sweeping generalisation on! Anyway, one of mine was playing with a couple of torches in a darkened lounge a few days ago and I decided to try a little experiment. Here are some of the better pictures that resulted:
Painting with light 1Painting with light 2Painting with light 3

Considering this was a spur of the moment thing with no prior thought about what might or might not work, I'm quite pleased with how these turned out. One hinderance to producing better pictures of this sort is that the longest shutter speed my camera supports is 2 seconds. It was actually surprisingly hard to get a lot of movement into the pictures in 2 seconds. Having a shutter speed of 4 or 8 seconds would have made the job a lot easier.

These were all hand-held. Given the way the pictures are produced, you can't tell if there's any camera shake. Actually, that's not quite true. The red "standby" light from my TV was visible in some of the shots, and clearly showed how unsteady my hands were – I've photoshopped that out! That's the only manipulation of these images, though.

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