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Floral Motion

by on May.24, 2022, under Photography

Floral Motion

Floral Motion

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 587 sec at f/8, ISO 100

From one end of the time spectrum to the other. This was the first shot of our evening session at some nearby tunnels I’d found recently. Where Gerry joined me for an evening of light painting fun

I really like Gerry’s pixelstick “flowers” as he called them. On the left and right of this frame. I think I like these more floral whispy versions even more than the striped rainbow ones he does. Check his feed or wait for my shots to be posted soon :). Blue EL wire goodness on the ground also courtesy of Gerry

My contribution to the cause (which actually took up most of the time for the exposure) is the plasma orb in the middle. I think I’m even starting to get pretty competent at these. Especially the squared outside lines (which is tricky to do when you can’t actually see them, nor where the lines are/have been)

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The Other Side

by on May.23, 2022, under Photography

The Other Side

The Other Side

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 158 sec at f/9, ISO 100

On the other side of our light painting session the other night. On the way back to the car we pass through this second tunnel (no aboriginal art or graffiti in this one). I thought it might be good for a steel wool spin

Here’s Gerry on his first spin (bulked up with LOTS of steel wool :). It actually looked like it really blew out the frame on the back of our cameras. So the two spins which followed used less than half the wool and f/13 to limit the exposure

But in Lightroom this first one looked pretty good with just a halo of blown highlights right above him

I liked this best and didn’t even bother to blend with some of the frames where we just light painted the tunnel walls

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Heliosphere

by on May.20, 2022, under Photography

Heliosphere

Heliosphere

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 523 + 292 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Heliosphere – the magnetosphere, astrosphere and outermost atmospheric layer of the Sun. In plasma physics terms, it is the cavity formed by the Sun in the surrounding interstellar medium. The “bubble” of the heliosphere is continuously “inflated” by plasma originating from the Sun

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Split Reality

by on May.19, 2022, under Photography

Split Reality

Split Reality

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 598 + 292 sec at f/8, ISO 100

My first split orb attempt… and the last test frame (there were only 7 :)) I took on this reconnoitre session

Worked out pretty well I reckon. I added the column of “fairy sparkles” in the middle using my new small pocketable Anduril 2 based Emisar D4V2 torch. I first put the torch into “Party Strobe” mode at the lowest frequency. Then I switch the torch to “Momentary” mode so I can simply press the button when I want “flash of light”

In this you can “see” right through the tunnel and out the other side. Which is mostly hidden by the more solid orb in my other images. There’s a little ambient light pollution on the other side, which I toned down in post. But it’s quite manageable even with the 10 minute primary exposure

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Asymptotic Anomaly

by on May.18, 2022, under Photography

Asymptotic Anomaly

Asymptotic Anomaly

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 417 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Compositional test at this new light painting location. Here I’ve included a little of the exterior surfaces of the tunnel opening. Partially because the paintings look cool but mostly to see how the external ambient light spills on the scene. The lighting of the interior walls of the tunnel here is partly spill from creating the orb and mostly from me lighting the walls with torch

I’ve been searching (online mainly) for suitable locations for long long exposure light painting in and around Sydney. Scouring Google Maps for abandoned urban locations, tunnels, underground areas, pedestrian underpasses, drains, aqueducts and so on

This location I found through more traditional (going for a walk :)) means

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