Light Painting Sculptures by the Sea at Night…

I returned to Bondi to join my regular photography crew for some creative light painting of the sculptures by the sea. Instead of trying to photograph many sculptures we spent a lot of time composing, light painting and photographing just a few. If there’s anything you particularly like I’d be keen to know…

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

First up is a twilight image of the stag and sunset before the others arrived – no light painting here – just a 0.9 Grad ND to hold down the sky

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 4 sec at f/16, ISO 100 + 0.9GND

Followed by one 30 minutes later where we’ve lightpainted the stag during a long exposure (90 seconds)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 92 sec at f/8, ISO 100

This sculpture with metal flames in a campfire of stones was my favourite composition of the night and with the very long exposure, the moving clouds, the moonlight and our lightpainting I felt we’ve given this scene a very otherworldly feel – here are my two takes on it, first up a vertical composition – very close from down very low with the ultra wide angle lens

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 105 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

and then a horizontal including the moon behind the clouds in the shot

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 101 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

What else do you do with a giant tap by the sea but give it a red river flow :). This one is pretty close to as shot

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 15 mm, 60 sec at f/9, ISO 100

Last up one with a metal tree and a crazy coloured full moon – it really was quite yellow/orange when it was low down near the horizon

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 44 sec at f/9, ISO 100