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Painting with Light - Sierra Aspens

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 22 October 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Here is something different for a change. I like trying light painting when I am out in a grove of trees. Basically, resetting the dials to a shower shutter speed and carefully moving the camera either up or down during exposure can give you a result like this. I typically move the camera up - for some reason I feel more control with this. The trick is not to jerk it too much. It is a good thing we are digital shooters, since you need plenty of takes to get one which is a keeper. Is this one a keeper?

NIKON D90 1/15 second F/18.0 ISO 400 142 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great shot, colors are extraordinary. 5 *. Nice day.

22 Oct 2010 6:37am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

fabulous! I've played with shutter speed at night, but now this makes me want to do it in the daytime, too!

22 Oct 2010 6:42am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I have yet to try this, so I am certainly no expert-but I will offer an opinion since you asked. I think this would work better if your vertical bands extended to the bottom of the frame. I am a bit distracted by that bright area at the bottom left. I love the blue, brown, and green!

22 Oct 2010 12:37pm

@Julie Brown: I do see that - the bright area is the grasses which are being strongly lit by the sun. Hmmmm....let me look through my collection from this shoot and see if there is a better choice. Maybe not. Thanks for the feedback, Julie!

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Strangely, it looks like the movement is downward, like the paint is dripping. I agree with Julie about the large bright area, but what it you just cropped it a little bit?

22 Oct 2010 4:02pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous. such fun

22 Oct 2010 7:38pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Wow a gorgeous splash of color, nicely executed!

23 Oct 2010 2:18am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

this is fantastic! I do agree with Julie, though the bright lower left is attention grabbing....What about trying a square crop? I think it would work beautifully!

23 Oct 2010 4:28pm

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

J'aime cette cascade de couleurs avec un effet dynamique.

24 Oct 2010 7:53am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful abstract and imaginative photo! there is also a cool dynamic feel to it - well taken, great idea!

25 Oct 2010 1:32am

1/15 second
ISO 400
142 mm (35mm equiv.)