Sorry I could not resist the title. This was my very first hand at light painting. It was a local group outing. This was all done with flash lights of various types. Some were placed in and around the car while others were hand held and used as brushes. This is a 1931 Ford work in progress and the first time I has seen the car. When it first showed up I knew exactly where I wanted him to park this thing. I had the perfect fall tree in mind that I thought would really work well with the color of the car. This was almost the last of many, many tries. I can now see painting with light can very very time consuming and very trial & error. At the same time though very fun to experiment with.
Very nice indeed! How did you determine the white balance for this? I'd think these days you'd have a mix of regular incandescent and LED flashlights and a very confused mixed light situation. Did one person control the placement and use of lights, or was it a group effort?
Thanks for sharing this interesting and beautiful shot...
Ah yes the white balance. A lot of the lights used were indeed different WB. LED's of some sort were the most common. We had one large halogen spot light, it was very bright. We had a few colored LED's and a few colored glow sticks. So WB was kind of all over the place. Kind of like shooting a stage show in a sense only not as pronounced. One of the others & I placed a few of the dimmer colored ones in side the car, a few white LED's under the car and one of two around the engine. I then had someone pulse the large spot which had a WB of incandescent up in the tree to paint the bottom of the branches & leaves, then we hit the car in quite few spots to bring it up and then made a sweep of the ground with the light held low and parallel to highlight the leaves on the ground. This light gave the scene a very nice warm light. It took about 20 tries adjusting the lights around the car and getting the timing down for the exposure with the spot light to get in sync with the lights around the car. Shutter was in bulb mode and kept open until we thought we were done. I balanced the light & WB in post using the new Radial tool in LR 5 which is now my second favorite tool next to the dodge & burn tools in PS. Basically I warmed up some of the white light from the white LED's. It was all very trial & error! If one did this enough I could see one being much more precise with the lighting.
Tue 05-Nov-13 04:32 AM | edited Tue 05-Nov-13 06:18 AM by Bump57
Thank you Tim for the many kind words, probably a little overboard. Yep, first attempt. I almost did not go. The car was a last minute thing, actually within the last 2 hours. Once I caught word of that I was in. Some of the group was going out to paint some fall trees which I really had no interest in, but a red rat rod now you got my interest. I have no idea where it goes from here. It has opened my eyes to yet another avenue to explore. I think the possibilities here are very broad. I may try some of this during the winter at home and pair it with some still life, something else I have never done or fully understand to be honest. Thanks again for your kind words, they are appreciated.
That sounds like an interesting intellectual adventure! One of those things where I understand the principles but can't quite imagine figuring out the details. I admire your patience and adventurous spirit! The result is very cool...
Woooww! That's three o's! This a magazine quality photo, Scott or a page from a hot rod calendar. Perfect lighting and composition. The car has a delicious looking, candy apple from the carnival texture. You've managed, most effectively at that, to combine two of my favorite things-landscape photography and cars. Very well done!
As one who has spent more time around old cars and old airplanes than she has around her Nikon camera, I have to say this is an exceptional photo of a beautiful old rod and the tree behind it. The lighting is perfect. You have now given me ideas of something new to try with my camera and my friends' old cars and airplanes. Thank you for sharing the photo and the way you set it up.
Thank you Patty for your kind comments. It's wonderful to hear that this has given you some new ideas and things to try with your camera. Wait until you try it, you will have lots of fun with the old cars & planes.
Thank you so much Scottie for the flattering comments, they mean a lot as always. You know whats funny, it does look like a piece of hard candy. I'm not really clear how it got that way either. Seems we share the same favorite things.