Light Painting

By: danitacahill

Nov 26 2011

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Category: Night Photography, Photography


Focal Length:76mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

This was an experiment in light painting. I took these shots on the I-5 freeway corridor just before full dark. I was in the passenger seat of our pickup. We were headed south.

I slowed my shutter speed way down to 1.6 seconds.

Start moving the camera side to side, around, up and down – whatever strikes you – then press the shutter button in mid movement. Keep moving the camera through the shutter depression.

On these middle two shots, I just held the camera in one spot and let the vibration of the vehicle move it for me.

In the first shot, I moved my camera back and forth. In the last, which was in a small city with the business lights, I moved the camera in a circular pattern.

It’s fun to experiement in painting with light. Try it!


3 comments on “Light Painting”

  1. I briefly experimented wtih a different blog theme, or appearance. It allowed me to insert multiple photos per post, which I liked, but it didn’t list camera settings or give the beautiful, color matching two-tone framing that this theme does, so I’ve switched back. In this and a few previous posts, only one of several of the original photos show now. Sorry ’bout that.

  2. […] Wah-lah! Painting with light.  I posted about light painting earlier here. […]

  3. Reblogged this on miracahills and commented:

    If you can adjust the shutter speed on your camera you can light paint. Even if you can’t make such adjustments, try it anyway. It’s fun to experiment with this technique with Christmas lights this time of year.

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