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Light Painting the Moon Bridge…

by on Aug.25, 2013, under Life, Photography

Headed to Cooper Park in Bellevue Hill (near Bondi Junction) for a little evening light painting with Gerry and Suren. After a little wander in the very dark woods we found the small stone bridge at the bottom of the gorge which was to be the base of our evenings fun and experimenting with light painting. It was extremely dark down here which was ideal for our purposes.

Note: These photographs (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.

We tested a number of separate component pieces before finally building up to this one single take. Just over 8 minutes of exposure time which involved Suren in the gas mask positioned on one of the nearby pillars having to essentially stay still for the entire take whilst Gerry and I added the various light painting touches (we “may” have gone overboard with the colours :)) – but here we have:

– Bare flash (full power) from below and behind to rim our menacing subject
– Snooted and zoomed flash (1/4 power) from out of frame on the right to light him
– Red and Blue EL wire to create the pillars of fire on the left and right
– Blue EL wire on the base of the bridge
– Green LED torch on the steps, pathways and trees at the far end
– Red LED torch on the stone sides of the bridge
– Red LED torch to provide a little side light to the nearby trees from the sides outside the frame
– some white (LED) light in the upper trees cross lit from the far sides outside the frame

Ethereal Fire

Ethereal Fire

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 489 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Two Moon Bridge

Two Moon Bridge

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 214 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

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