Recently I got an opportunity to get away from the city to a really secluded tree house. Me and my wife were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Even at the risk of inviting her chagrin, I stole some time to try something with light painting. The result- Photograph that I like to call ‘Love Painting’. Well this photo allowed me to convince my wifey that I was doing this as a tribute to her.
The sharp darkness of the surrounding landscape provided the best setting for this photo. Of course it had its own challenges. Marking the boundary/frame for my photo was the difficult task that I had to start with. However I switched on some lights to make my measurements for my frame. Following are the equipments I used:
- My Cannon 550D
- Benro Tripod
- Cannon RC-6 Remote Control
- Some imagination
As explained in the earlier post, light painting requires one to activate manual focus on the lens. For this photo, I have used Bulb Mode to allow me to control the shutter speed that I want to complete my photograph. Here the remote comes very handy. It eliminates the need to press the click button thus getting rid of any shake to the camera. Once the shutter was open, I drew my painting and stood in a position so as to appear adjacent to the painting. My wife threw light on me for 4-5 seconds. She then switched the flashlight off and we exchanged places. She stood left relative to my position. I then illuminated her for 4-5 seconds before I closed the shutter with the remote. So even though it appears that we are facing each other and having a good laugh, we were’nt standing there together. This technique is called Multiple Exposure.
For those who are technically inclined- Shutter- 39s, f/5 & ISO 200. Well Multiple Exposure is the next topic of interest for me and I will share some learnings with you.