Michael Hrankowski  


Puako Light Fantastic by Michael Hrankowski

April 2021 - Puako Light Fantastic

About the Image(s)

While visiting our friends in Puako (Big Island, Hawaii) I had this idea for a light-painting shot. Our hosts have a pool that has colored light options. They also have this really cool sphere light that is battery-operated. The sphere has a myriad of settings that allow one to vary the color and rate of color change. I had my coned "volunteer" walk through the scene doing different motions with the ball. After enhancing the colors in Lightroom, I took two images into Photoshop and combined them. The bottom light pattern is a separate layer that I flipped horizontally, reduced opacity, and blended to give the appearance of a reflection in the pool.

Camera Settings: ISO 100; f/8; 15 sec; Sony 18-135 zoom at 18mm (27mm equivalent)


10 comments posted




LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I love the colors in your photo, Michael, and what a clever idea of having someone make the motion with a ball! I like the fingers wrapping around the ball in each color as it goes by. I find myself trying to make sense of the photo elements, so your image has my attention.

The only thing I struggle with is the focus. At first, I thought it would be a distraction, but after looking at the image for a while, I find it seems more fluid to me than a blur. I am curious now what the others in the group will have for comments.

You are very creative to have imagined this work of art!

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 04/05/2021 16:26:08
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments, LuAnn. It is sort of the nature of light painting to have a blurred effect - think car headlight streaks in a night time city scene... but that said, I see what you mean. Looking forward to the rest of the members' comments.   Posted: 04/05/2021 16:31:04
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Yes, you are right, Michael. I just went online and googled pop art light painting photography. What you said is exactly what I saw. I put a link to one I saw it is photo #9.

https://photodoto.com/100-light-painting-photography-examples/

Very cool, Michael, keep up the great work!

LT   Posted: 04/05/2021 16:35:08
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Very cool indeed!!! Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 04/05/2021 16:51:15
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Yes, you are right, Michael. I just went online and googled pop art light painting photography. What you said is exactly what I saw. I put a link to one I saw it is photo #9.

https://photodoto.com/100-light-painting-photography-examples/

Very cool, Michael, keep up the great work!

LT   Posted: 04/06/2021 08:35:18
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments, LuAnn. It is sort of the nature of light painting to have a blurred effect - think car headlight streaks in a night time city scene... but that said, I see what you mean. Looking forward to the rest of the members' comments.   Posted: 04/05/2021 21:40:07



Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Michael, I have attended several demos in light painting using light stick or pixel stick, but I never see anyone doing with the ball. The hands shown in each angle are intriguing, and the reflection of the pool adds more impact to it. It's a great image with different colors and I don't have any suggestion for improvement. If you like light painting, you can watch Youtube video of Eric Paré, who is specialized in this field.   Posted: 04/08/2021 15:03:43



Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments and the tip about Eric Pare. Glad you like it.   Posted: 04/08/2021 16:02:31



Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Michael,
This is very creative. I like the colors and the reflection as well as the hand that appears in the top layer. It almost looks like neon lights to me.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:50:31



Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Michael, your exploration with light painting looks like fun. Putting the two photos together gives a graphic art look to your image. I too have explored a bit with light painting and like the vivid colors you can get.   Posted: 04/14/2021 11:21:02



 

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