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Light Painting of a Different Nature…

by on Dec.28, 2013, under Life, Photography

Totally inspired by the very fine work of fellow Aussie photographer Christopher Prins I thought I’d try some Light Painting of a different nature.

Normally I’m involved with light painting of large scale landscape type scenes but in this instance I wanted to try a more delicate touch on some near macro subjects.

The Brush

The Brush

NIKON D600 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 122.00 sec at f/22, ISO 100

So armed with just a single small LED torch with some black gaffer tape wrapped around the head to allow me to more finely control the light and limit any spill I set about light painting my subjects.

Over a few days I’d collected some typically Australian – for want of a better word – “nuts” – from my local area. I setup two tripods in a darkened room at home – one with my camera with the trusty Tamron 90mm macro lens and the other with my new Wimberly Plamp to hold my subjects both still and in the position I wanted them so I could paint them.

I was aiming to use exposures of around one to two minutes to give myself enough time to slowly paint my subjects with light whilst choosing an aperture appropriate for the depth of field I wanted.

My first results…

Whirly Birds on Green

Whirly Birds on Green

NIKON D600 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 99 sec at f/22, ISO 100

A classic Australian – the Gumnut from a Eucalyptus (Gum) tree

Mr Gumnut

Mr Gumnut

NIKON D600 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 122.00 sec at f/36, ISO 100

and another typically Australian character – this time the long dead flower spike from a Banksia tree

Banksia Man

Banksia Man

NIKON D600 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 97 sec at f/22, ISO 100

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