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    Painting with light

    Here are three attempts at painting with light, C&C welcome.

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    Re: Painting with light

    Interesting effects, particularly #2 and #3.

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    Great images, Roger.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Very cool. Number 3's my favorite - light painting over and into water reveals details that might not be visible even in daylight. Clever! Number 1 also works, but you might want to try lighting trees on both sides of the central one to balance it. As it stands, my eye goes from the central tree, to the midground tree at photo left, and then straight out of the frame. But it's still a really good capture.

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    Re: Painting with light

    Thanks for the comments everyone and I see what your saying Lex.

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    Interesting technique.

    Like 3.

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    Quite nicely done Roger.

    #3 has the most potential, although I do see a few things I might do slightly differently;
    Trim about 5px off the right side to remove the jagged white edge
    I can't be certain, I may be being fooled by the dark area, but I wonder if it needs a small clockwise rotation?
    There are slight signs of sharpening halos on the skyline in a few places, I'd do something to eradicate these.

    I even played with an alternate crop; removing a bit more from the right and lower edges so that the moon and the bright rock are concentric about the centre of the image and balance each other.

    Hope that helps,

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    Hi, Roger

    I have some interest in this technique, but have yet to try it. I have read several articles by Dave Black and seen his tutorial on the Kelby training site. He seems almost always to use available ambient light for a distant background, and paints the foreground which is much closer to the camera. Very similar to your #3, which I think is your clear winner here. He very much emphasizes how much trial and error there is, and usually shoots at dusk and paints during a 30 sec exposure. Looks like great fun to me. I hope you stick with it. Thanks for posting these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Quite nicely done Roger.

    #3 has the most potential, although I do see a few things I might do slightly differently;
    Trim about 5px off the right side to remove the jagged white edge
    I can't be certain, I may be being fooled by the dark area, but I wonder if it needs a small clockwise rotation?
    There are slight signs of sharpening halos on the skyline in a few places, I'd do something to eradicate these.

    I even played with an alternate crop; removing a bit more from the right and lower edges so that the moon and the bright rock are concentric about the centre of the image and balance each other.

    Hope that helps,
    Yes Dave the white edge has to go and as far as it being level I'm not sure either it was hard to judge while I was there what was level as the horizon was hard to see. As far as the halos go I can't see what your referring to, I do need help with my photoshop skills.

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    Re: Painting with light

    Thanks Kevin it is fun here is one that I posted in a mini comp. that turned out good.

    Painting with light

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    Beautiful

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    Re: Painting with light

    cool shots...what kind of lights did you use? led? rechargeable? what type and manufacture?
    thanks!

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    It is a LED TM15 made by Nitecore. The photo is of a TM11 but basically the same light.

    Painting with light

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    Re: Painting with light

    Roger, fabulous shots. Are these a single image or are they a composite of several images? I have done some limited PWL and yearn for the free time to do more. Keep them coming. It is a really fun thing to do.

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    Re: Painting with light

    Quote Originally Posted by plumcrak View Post
    Roger, fabulous shots. Are these a single image or are they a composite of several images? I have done some limited PWL and yearn for the free time to do more. Keep them coming. It is a really fun thing to do.
    Photo #1 & 4 are single images #2 & #3 are multiple.

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