Normally I love composing my photos whilst shooting in the dark with my tripod, my flashlights and my camera on long exposure. However there have been some stupid things I have done lately with the camera that I have taken liking for. I looked up the net on what this might be called. Popularly it’s known as Camera painting. I just call it mad effects.
Here are some photos I would like to share:
AdHoc Strings. This mess is nothing but a result of shaking my camera randomly while it was capturing the night lights of lake a town. Making this photo was just like taking a paint brush and stroking it across the canvas.
AdHoc Strings II to the right. Here I have moved my camera in both horizontal & vertical fashion to achieve this effect. Light sources include immediate street lamps, car lights and lights of roads far away.
Building lights. I have tried to stretch the lights in this photo with a sweep of my hand. Here the building is the only source of light.
Confused Strands. White street light, tail lights of a car and headlights of an approaching truck all jumbled in to a mass of strands of light.
Crazy Cocktail. I love the madness here. This is a cocktail of street lamp, colourful lights of a brightly lit house and tail lights of a car. I didn’t shake my camera. Just kept walking with it in my hand and let the natural shake of my hand & the movement of my body do the rest.
There is a lot one can do with this technique. Here’s what I think works:
- Find a place with multiple sources of lights. Lights with different colours would really spice up your photos.
- Sources both near and far can create a great interplay of lights
- Sweep your camera just like you would sweep a brush.
- Walk towards or away or both from lights
- Cars in motion offer wonderful opportunity for spreading lights across your frame
- Frankly, no rules here. If you have found a newer way with pleasing results, kindly share.
Naysayers would call it Abstract, I would call it photography as usual.