|"The 'Eyes' of Turret Arch" ~ © Royce Bair (click to enlarge)|
|L to R: No light painting; one stationary light from the left; with 2nd moving fill light (click to enlarge)|
The middle image was illuminated by one Calumet LED Light Panel, covered with a translucent white diffusion filter and a 3200ºK daylight-to-tungsten warming filter (they come with the unit). I placed the light on the ground about 30 feet to the left of the camera, leaned it up against a rock and feathered the light just to the right of the image center. Because I wanted this light to remain on during the whole 30 seconds of my exposure, I dialed in the exact intensity using its built in dimmer switch (a very handy feature). This was my hands-off "key" light, and it covered about 65% of the areas I wanted lit. This left the foreground and the bottom left of the arch still in shadow.
Tool of the Week (TOTW): The lighting tool that saved the shot was a lowly, plastic cup: a translucent white, 10 ounce plastic drinking cup (this one is made by Solo)!
|A white plastic cup works as a omni-directional diffuser/filter when placed over an LED flashlight (click to enlarge)|
Light Painting Tutorials: I have several blog posts describing more about advanced light painting techniques, and the equipment that I and other night photographers use.
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