Painting with Light


I love movement. And painting with light it's a lot of fun. For this shot I set my camera for a 0.3 sec exposure with the aperture at f/3.8 and an ISO of 1000. Then I did a quick horizontal pan as I released the shutter. In this photo, I like juxtaposition of the water looking still and in focus while the buildings are in motion. There are lots of ways to paint with light. Back when it was still film only, I painted my initials in the night sky using only my camera and the moon. I'll remember to post it in a future post once I hook up my scanner and have all my slides in one place.

In the meantime, grab your camera, put it in manual mode and go out into the night and experiment painting with light.

Today's Shoot

I had an awesome Creative Portrait session today that continued into the night...can't wait to post some of the shots we took. That will hopefully happen by the end of this week. 

In the meantime, I am quickly scanning through the photographs that don't have my subject in them. Following are the ones I picked out.

I'll let you figure out what the first photo is...


The next photos were taken much later in the shoot. Night time. I fell in love with this boat. Partly because it's named my favorite flower - Lilac. Partly because it's a very old school boat. And partly because it's used by the Coast Guard. These shots may look like I used a flash but I did not. I only used the light that was there. The buildings in the background belong to New Jersey.