Brad Becker  

Ascent by Brad Becker

March 2023 - Ascent

March 2023 - Brad Becker


March 2023 - Brad Becker

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While waiting for the Northern lights to emerge on my recent trip to Alaska I experienced many nights with overcast skies. On one night my friend and I kept busy doing some light painting to pass the time. I snapped one shot of the trees hand held and liked its ethereal look. I added the image of my friend moving his lights on a tripod fixed image and combing the two gave the feel of an angel or other being

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7 comments posted

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Brad, I like the granularity of the trees in the forest which sets the scene, against which the cruciform figure is ascending. The converging verticals of the tree-tops reinforces the overall upward trajectory of the visual story you have created. However, I am afraid it doesn't quite work for me. My main reservation is the dichotomy between the softness of the overall scene and the harsh sharpness of the light painting which doesn't seem to gel with the background. Perhaps that was your intention which of course is fine. I wondered whether the image would work better if this light was a little softer and more diffused, in keeping with and blending more into the background.   Posted: 03/07/2023 04:51:27

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Brad, this is an interesting image. The forest and trail are truly ethereal as is the figure. As to the title, if this is an ascent, it might be better conveyed if the lights could be moved out to the ends of his hands to indicate his arms going up and down.

Brian has an interesting analysis.

Northern lights - I hope you and your friend captured some exciting images. We in northern Minnesota do on occasion have specticular displays which I shall have to capture.   Posted: 03/09/2023 19:52:58

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Hi Brad. Lucky man going in search of the Northern Lights. They were visible here in Wales last week, a rare phenomenon, but unfortunately I missed the event. I love your ethereal background image but, like Brian don't think the light painted figure fits against it. Could you get rid of the lights and put a sort of ethereal glow around it? Just a thought.   Posted: 03/10/2023 04:10:25

Nadia Trevan   Nadia Trevan
Hi Brad, I quite like the concept and like the previous comments, the light painting is strong and detracts from the concept. You could use the either the smudge tool or the blur in photoshop to lessen the effect of the red light and bring it more in line with the tone of the rest of the image.   Posted: 03/16/2023 05:38:31

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Cool merger, very thought-provoking and ethereral

but the bright lights are distracting to me...   Posted: 03/21/2023 18:41:34
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Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
Hi Brad,
Cool feel to the image. I think Lisa's example works the best for me.
  Posted: 03/24/2023 11:21:47
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hi Brad, I agree with Tom that Lisa's version works better. Having seen this variation, I particularly like the absence of converging verticals, removal of the bright lines and greater emphasis on monochrome.   Posted: 03/26/2023 09:59:28