So, I decided to do some paint by light this evening, because I have that sort of time. Anyways, my idea was to use a new throw toy I bought for the dogs. This ball flickers a red light when its hit or shaken. So, I set up a tripod in a dark field, and using my black lab, I tossed the glow-ball during a timed exposure of about 8-10 seconds. Since my dog is black, he reflects very little light, and thus doesn't show up in the images, although the ball which lights up, does.
I tried using a glow-in-the-dark ball, but it takes constant recharging with a flashlight to have an effect, and it doesn't glow as brightly. Also, as you see from the second photo, my super high IQ pup stood there looking at me, waiting for me to throw the red blinking ball while the green glow ball sat forlorn in the field.
I finished off with some self portraits using a small flashlight wrapped in a white cloth to diffuse the light. This would work better in the spring or fall when the temperatures are more moderate. Winter, its awfully cold on man and machine, and in the summer, you get eaten alive by the mosquitoes.
Anyways, I'll try and refine my technique to do some better paint by light artwork.
Over and out,
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!