Light Painting - Lighting Creativity

March 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I can name at least three personal addictions:  Cars, photography, and coffee.  So I downed a couple of cups of coffee and headed off into the night to light paint a 2012 Volkswagen CC.  The contrast of a flowing silhouette and strong edge lines catch my eye.  I had some help scouting a location the night before.  You already know that I like contrast, so you understand why the aged bricks and cobblestones appeal to me against a pristine new car.

It was well after dark and overhead sodium lamps cast a faint glow on the cobblestones.  To bring out the details in the brick backdrop, two speed lights were placed behind the car, out of sight, pointing at the brickwork.  Wireless radio triggers were used to fire the flashes.  Each one was adjusted after the first few shots until we had the right look.  To bring out the details of the interior, the car was locked via remote, turning on the interior lights for a few seconds.  The parking lights remained on for the entire shoot.

Here is where we needed to get a little creative.  The sodium lights were not strong enough to highlight the cobblestones and the color cast was wrong.  With a handheld flashlight and a shutter speed of thirty seconds, I walked from left to right light painting the cobblestones and key areas of the car with light.  Since I was constantly moving and not in direct view of any light, I did not form an image in the photograph.  It took a few shots to get the timing and lighting just right, but in the end, the result was a replica of the vision.

 


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