Friday, May 4, 2012

Painting with Light ft. Catatonix

Have you ever seen a photo like this:

These are extended shutter shots.  Your shutter opens and allows light into the camera lens where it is "recorded" as your picture.  On non-point-and-shoot cameras you can adjust the shutter speed to achieve different results.  A longer shutter speed allows more light to enter the camera but if the camera moves, anything stationary will blur.
If you put your camera on a tripod and set your shutter speed at, say, 10 seconds, you can achieve a photo similar to the one above.  The tripod keeps the camera steady so the objects that are stationary (street lights, and city scape) remain in focus while the moving cars head/tail lights blur into lines of light; Hence the term, "Painting with Light".

A friend of a friend produces tracks.  I recently found out the style of music is called Dubstep.  I don't really know what that means but his name is Thomas Moore or, Catatonix on SoundCloud.  We took advantage of an evening at home, listening to his new track-in-progress, as an opportunity to paint with light.  Here are some of my favorites from the night:


This technique works with anything that makes light; sparklers, lazer pointers, flashlights, glowsticks (as above), etc.  I think the most amazing part about the pictures we were able to create is that they show paths.  Everywhere the light is, Thomas hands were and you can follow the paths.

Here a few of my other favorite Painting With Light photos done by other photographers:
davidyuweb on Flickr
leaves.on.the.wind on Flickr
pixquik on Flickr
davidyuweb on Flickr


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