Light Painting had been on my list of “awesome things I must do” ever since I saw of photograph of someone twirling flaming steel wool. Last night, in an old disused factory, and guided by the extremely knowledge and totally awesome Bill and Deanne Holmer, I scratched that itch and then some.
We started with a brief chat on what they use, just about all of which is made by themselves, from your common household items (think secret love children of McGyver). This was followed up by the essential safety message of ‘don’t fall in any holes’. Being a disused factory, frequented by morons who can’t stand the sight of an unbroken window, there was glass and debris everywhere. And lots of holes that used to once house equipment footings etc.,
Bill twirled and swirled his lights, spun the wool… to many encores…
…while we lined up in front with tripods and snapped away. We were all using bulb mode, with Bill calling when to “shutter open and shutter off”. I hadn’t used bulb before and it was fun to do. And something I plan to do more of. At the end of the group shooting we broke off into smaller groups, and using their lights experimented some more.
I had moved off to photograph an old car as we played lights over it, Bill joined us and quickly setup a new scene… shutter on, light up the car, play red lights over it, then blue lights on the wall followed by an EL wire coil that glows and looks like smoke due to the motion blur.. end effect was awesome and something I wouldn’t have known how to do without his help.
They did forget one essential safety warning though: Caution, light painting can be addictive!