Cindy Gosselin  

"Light" Painting by Cindy Gosselin

May 2020 - "Light" Painting

May 2020 - Cindy Gosselin

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About the Image(s)

How it was done: So, does “light painting” qualify as a “painting” for this DDG Group? This is one thing I’ve been doing since staying home. The setup is so simple: A black foreground and background, a flashlight, and any glass or crystal object. I have included a picture of the flashlight I use, with colored gels taped to the various rows of flashlight bulbs. You take images in a dark room, and use the flashlight at any angle (above, behind, around) to create light patterns in and around the glass object. My Olympus camera uses “live composite” to do this, which enables me to actually see the image as it is being shot. But, a “bulb” mode will also work. Shooting at f/22 is best to ensure that no light gets onto the glass from ambient conditions. The finished images I’ve attached (some of my favorites) were taken at f/22, while I paint with the flashlight for about 30 seconds. So now, what can I possibly do with over 50 of these?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
This is just brilliant. Not only in colour but in design. What a great idea.

You should submit these to one of those agencies that buys stock images. I think these would be of interest to photo editors.   Posted: 05/05/2020 13:59:13

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
A terrific image! Thanks for the detailed information on how you did it. I think it would be better suited for the "creative" group rather than here, which is for digital painting on th computer.   Posted: 05/07/2020 14:00:56
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I took the liberty of including "painting with light" in this month's definition. I did this image while staying in... and really just needed a break from digital painting. I promise to be back on track next month :-).   Posted: 05/07/2020 14:08:38

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Love the colors and the unique lines. So creative. Still a bit confused on the process but will comeback and rereads your narrative. Thank you for sharing Just beautiful and fun. I am planning on trying this.   Posted: 05/07/2020 19:50:26

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Well, Cindy, it must have been hard to choose from 50 very different images. I see no reason why your light painting wouldn't be a form of abstract art. You could absolutely frame the final result. Did you already own that glass ball? I enjoyed reading about your technique and seeing other results you obtained from the same equipment. Thanks for sharing the results of your taking a break from the "normal" way of painting to paint with light instead.   Posted: 05/09/2020 18:52:18

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
"Painting" is what this group is about and for me I take the term with a broad brush. Your venture here is very satisfying and your color choices compliment each other.You definitely have a talent in this genre and I'm sure there are people who would love this hanging on their living room wall. Kudos for your moxy to venture into the unknown and find success!   Posted: 05/12/2020 09:12:00