Painting with Light

The Burr Oak is illuminated by spiritual energy as nymphs and fairies do battle Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.
The Burr Oak is illuminated by spiritual energy as nymphs and fairies do battle Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

For my painting with light assignment I was paired with Adam, Josephine and Zach. I thought we all worked together pretty well. We drove out to big tree and decided to light the tree there. We spent a lot of time positioning the camera, figuring out what gels to use, what power to put the strobes on, and where to position the strobes.

We decided to use all the strobes on full power. The two strobes that lit the front and trunk of the tree used orange gels. Zach and Josephine flashed those. Then the strobe in the back we decided to not put a strobe on it so it could be more powerful and the light could be differentiated. I did the strobe in the back. It helped a little bit, but if it was more powerful it would have looked better and been more rim lighting rather than just a faint backlight. We positioned the back strobe carefully by making sure the tree was directly in between the camera and me so you couldn’t see the flash popping in the image. We used a flashlight with a green gel to light the ground in front of the tree. We were out there for around 3 hours and had a couple problems with people driving by, which we ended up liking and using in the final image. In the end I was content with how our final image looked. We used around a 9 minute exposure to get the lighting correct. I really liked the project but since the tree was so big it was tricky to light. In the future I’d like to experiment more with light painting and get better at it.

Light Diagram

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Marge Hoffman waits for customers to enter Divine Shoes and Accessories during their last week of business on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. Even though she’s retired, Hoffman accepted a part-time job in the shoe store because she loved her employers.
Marge Hoffman waits for customers to enter Divine Shoes and Accessories during their last week of business on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. Even though she’s retired, Hoffman accepted a part-time job in the shoe store because she loved her employers.
Dana Jennings organizes shoes in her store on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. Jennings decided to close the store after she realized it wasn’t as profitable as she hoped. “I struggled with the decision for a long time and prayed about it and just finally decided that it was time to close [the shop],” Jennings said.
Dana Jennings organizes shoes in her store on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. Jennings decided to close the store after she realized it wasn’t as profitable as she hoped. “I struggled with the decision for a long time and prayed about it and just finally decided that it was time to close [the shop],” Jennings said.
Danielle Warren stands next to sample frames in her frame shop located inside of the Art House in Fulton, Missouri on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Warren owns a frame shop and a book store along with her husband in downtown Fulton. “When you run a new business and you put it out there, you really hope that lots of people will come but you really don’t know. So it’s been better than expected,” Warren said.
Danielle Warren stands next to sample frames in her frame shop located inside of the Art House in Fulton, Missouri on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Warren owns a frame shop and a book store along with her husband in downtown Fulton. “When you run a new business and you put it out there, you really hope that lots of people will come but you really don’t know. So it’s been better than expected,” Warren said.
The newly renovated Playhouse will open mid-October 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. The Playhouse will contain a bistro and a theater in hopes of attracting residents to downtown Fulton.
The newly renovated Playhouse will open mid-October 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. The Playhouse will contain a bistro and a theater in hopes of attracting residents to downtown Fulton.
A streetlight illuminates the Brick District on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Brick District is located in downtown Fulton, Missouri. It is home to historical sites, shops and restaurants.
A streetlight illuminates the Brick District on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Brick District is located in downtown Fulton, Missouri. It is home to historical sites, shops and restaurants.
A car drives down Court street on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 in Fulton, Missouri.  The Brick District will hold “Autumn on the Bricks” on Court street in Fulton, Missouri on Oct. 10, 2015. The event will entertain locals and visitors with art, food, and music.
A car drives down Court street on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 in Fulton, Missouri. The Brick District will hold “Autumn on the Bricks” on Court street in Fulton, Missouri on Oct. 10, 2015. The event will entertain locals and visitors with art, food, and music.