Paul Smith  

Light Painting by Paul Smith

January 2021 - Light Painting

About the Image(s)

Not long ago, I attended a Photo Workshop in Jackson Wyoming, where Dave Black ( a Nikon Ambassador) was a featured speaker. One of his special gifts is “Light Painting”. His presentation inspired my attempt at the image, nearby. I placed the family heirloom clarinet on black fabric, set my camera (on tripod) in the proper position, focused…then turned off the lights. Using BULB shutter feature, I opened the lens, then applied a “swipe” of light from my Streamlight Pro Tac flashlight…just one pass! You can see the result! Canon 80D, Canon Macro Lens EF 100MM, ISO 320, f/22, for 9 seconds

7 comments posted

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
What I like best about this photo is the composition with the clarinet placed diagonally across the frame,with the circular valves positioned to be the primary interest point in between the straight lines of the levers and rods which create an edge. I appreciate the texture provided by the black fabric in the lower left corner along with the black space for the upper right corner. For me the focus is good, showing the detail of the clarinet and the colors provided by the patina of the "old" clarinet allow me to appreciate this a a "family heirloom". I think the lighting is great, but never having tried light painting I'm not in a position to evaluate it fully, I just like it.   Posted: 01/09/2021 16:37:22
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Ed   Posted: 01/09/2021 16:40:01

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Very nice job of "Light Painting"!! In addition to Ed's comment, the image "tells" the story of this well used clarinet.   Posted: 01/09/2021 21:33:13
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I thank both you and Ed for picking up on the heirloom aspect. This clarinet is on display in our living area. Its significance is that it was played by my late father-in-law...and his father before that. (Neither my wife nor I play clarinet)   Posted: 01/11/2021 10:01:52

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Nicely done Paul. To see the cork pad on the side valve and the grain in the wood reveals the age of the clarinet. Definitely an heirloom.   Posted: 01/11/2021 10:13:05

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Thank you for sharing a piece of your family history. I knew exactly what this was before the whole thing came into view, I played a wooden clarinet. This made the picture even more powerful.
As for the light painting this is perfect. The star point (lack of better word) behind the music holder is perfect. It draws your eye to that spot and allows it to float through the picture.
You should enter this in a contest. I am trying not to look at any of the photographs this year before I write anything.   Posted: 01/11/2021 12:52:34

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Great detail on the clarinet. It really shows off the character of the subject.

It might be worth trying to darken and/or blur the black fabric on the left to make it less distracting.   Posted: 01/24/2021 11:45:50


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