Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Light Painting by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

January 2022 - Light Painting

About the Image(s)

Happy New Year all. This is a light painted image of one of my wife's orchids. I set up in a closet with the orchid on a table and camera on a tripod. A large dark towel was draped from the wall to table top. After closing the door and turning off all lights, the shutter was tripped and the orchid "painted" with a mini mag light. It took a number of tries until I got something I liked. Exposure was 15 seconds at f/16, iso 100, 57mm, but exposure has a different meaning here since the flashlight beam did not illuminate the entire orchid at once. Some touch up was required in lightroom to darken a few background spots that the flashlight hit and eliminate a support rod (you can see a bit of it that wasn't removed on the right side of the image.

6 comments posted

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
That was a lot of work. Maybe you can hide the rod using magic eraser in Photoshop. I really like the photo and appreciate all the effort you put into it.   Posted: 01/10/2022 19:48:07

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Very well done light painting with excellent composition. The flowers are colorful and crisp. Just the rod.....   Posted: 01/11/2022 08:02:25

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
An attractive image, well composed. On my screen I cannot see the rod, just what I think is the stem of the flower. Very sharp and well lit.
  Posted: 01/11/2022 11:26:04

Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Sheldon, Thank you for the detailed descriptions. I have tried many times shooting orchids but just cannot get good ones. You have provided perfect guidance to me. Now I have a new direction of trying. Thank you.   Posted: 01/18/2022 21:47:00

John Hackett   John Hackett
With our black background this really leaps out of the screen. Well worth all of the time and trouble to set it up and take it.I have learned a new use for my mini Maglite.   Posted: 01/19/2022 03:52:54

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Sheldon, I'm a big fan of black backgrounds, especially for flowers. These pop off the screen because you went in this direction. What rod? I see what appears to be the stem. I'm a little bothered by the falling off of the focus on the background flowers - I know there isn't much you could do there.   Posted: 01/19/2022 15:46:34


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