Karl Leck  

Angel of Hope by Karl Leck

November 2020 - Angel of Hope

About the Image(s)

Angel of Hope is a composite of three light drawing images made with the Light Painting Brushes (LPB) 'Whip' tool, three different LPB filter modules and a Klarus ST15R rechargeable LED flashlight. I'm in near silhouette when I passed the tool behind myself. A Nikon D810 with Nikkor 28-300mm lens was mounted on a sturdy tripod. The camera was set for Manual Exposure on Bulb at f/8, ISO 400. The exposures varied in length in the dark room depending on how long it took to make the 'drawing'. The beginning and end of each exposure was triggered by a Vello FreeWave Plus wireless trigger in my other hand. The movement of the light tool was always started before the shutter was opened to prevent 'burn' lines in the image. The three images used here were chosen from several dozen variations. I love the Whip tool for the translucent quality and curved lines it can create. Since I'm using a LED flashlight and specific color filters, the colors are discrete and saturated. This is more of a technique exercise than meaningful image, but we can read our own interpretations into it.

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8 comments posted

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
(Group 77)
This is definitely a striking image that leaves the viewer wondering... It is a little reminiscent of smoke images, but this is way more powerful in color and in definition.
  Posted: 11/05/2020 20:25:14

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Wow, I am impressed with the image and the work that went into it! I am not sure I have ever seen such a striking light drawing! What is a whip tool? Clearly I need to look into some of those brushes. Very mysterious angel!   Posted: 11/09/2020 18:22:18

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Wow, Karl! Love the effects, fluid lines, designs and colors! Love that you're trying processes and sharing with us. So many possibilities for the images made with this technique. I could easily envision these as overlays, backgrounds and as art in itself.   Posted: 11/09/2020 22:07:22

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Yes, we can! It's a magnificent display of light drawing Karl! Truly striking and I understand that it's a technique exercise, but would love you to be more grandiose within this awesomeness. However, that's by the by. I love the effects you have achieved and certainly won't pretend to understand the process you have gone through to achieve this. Whatever it is, there should be more of it! It's absolutely stunning!   Posted: 11/09/2020 23:49:32

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Karl, you are the master of experimentation and creativity. This image is stunning in composition, color, form, and mystery.
The contrast between the thoughts evoked by the title, the graceful swirls of the light, and the red-eared dark figure within holds me in a state of contemplation -- and I feel the hope. Thank you for sharing this remarkable image and the technical aspects of its creation.   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:39:48

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Karl,
Your creative image is rather striking. To my eye, your image was not the results of random swinging of the whips, as in too many light paintings that I have seen. To the contrary, I think that your images were the result of careful planning, good execution, and lots of practice. Well done.
  Posted: 11/13/2020 15:18:28

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
This is colorful and creative. I absolutely love all the delicate colors in their strips and with their shadows. I can't really comment more on that part because I am clueless as to how you did it - I can only appreciate it must have been a lot of knowledgeable work. The only thing that I find confusing is the face/figure at the top. To me he seems out of place. Maybe a Polynesian dance girl's head?   Posted: 11/22/2020 16:12:05
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
I wish I had a nice Polynesian girl in my basement as a model! I haven't done any model work in a year. The pony tail head in the image is just me.
Actually I'm not a good enough artist to create images that duplicate reality. Instead I live in the realm of abstracts with a strong dose of pareidolia. In other words, I like to make images that can bring out thoughts or images in the viewer's mind based on their knowledge and experience. What the viewer thinks they see is probably not there in entirety, just a clue or 'suggestion'. Karl   Posted: 11/22/2020 16:48:10