Angel Danbo

Painter of Light!

*Story time! ... yay...
This shot is all done in one frame; one long 30-second exposure. I only did three things post process (in Lightroom):

- 1: I flipped it horizontally so the numbers weren't backwards (of course, now now the words on poor Danbo are backwards... oh well... trade offs and all that.)
- 2: I cropped the edges, but only slightly.
- 3: I cleaned up some specks of dust.

Here is a snapshot of my Lightroom page as soon as I downloaded. You can see it took a couple of dozen tries before I got to the final one, which is this one. It took a while to get the exposure right, then I started playing around with the lights to see what I could do in the 30 seconds I had.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2014-01-21at64632PM_zps7cf25568.png

I have a nifty little LED flashlight that has a rotating ring on the front, giving me different colors of light. As you can see from the progression in the link, I started out with just the red, then added blue wings (I accidentally got that backwards on one of the shots but I just went with it!), then finally added green grass at the end. For this final shot I invited my son into the darkened room so he could check out the process. He had no idea what I was doing until this image popped up on the camera screen; pretty cool when that happens.

Anyway, the moral of the story: many of you who are new to photography may believe that you need a bunch of fancy programs to get cool images; but that just isn't so. In this digital age, it is SO easy to experiment because you get instant results, and you can clear them all away and start over, etc. So put your Amazing Cap of Ideas on your head and go for it!

great!
posted January 22nd, 2014  
did you "paint" Danbo with a flashlight as well, or is he just illuminated by ambient goings-on with the long exposure?
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Ed
Thanks for all that info and the link was great to look at !!
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Thanks for explaining and showing your work. FAV
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Wonderful light painting shot.
posted January 22nd, 2014  
@stacypie I painted him at the last minute with a flash held in my hand. In the link you can see I accidentally caught the flash in frame (upper right of the linked image). I did the words/etc. as quickly as I could first, then positioned the diffused flash over him and triggered it by pressing the test button before the shutter closed. That took me a while to get right too (at first I didn't have the angle or intensity right so his reflection wasn't showing in the glass he's standing on, etc.) Always experimenting! :)
posted January 22nd, 2014  
I had a similar experience in Nov. Used fire but same thing. Very little editing. Just my half bath turned into darkroom. A place mat. Three apples. And one long fireplace match. My best shot of the year. :)
posted January 22nd, 2014  
@darylo I remember that shot Daryl, a certain fave! :)
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Danbo has many talents
posted January 22nd, 2014  
I like the reflection in the table top too. Really nice.
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Ah light painting with Danbo. Neat.
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Knew this was your photo the second I saw it on the trending page!
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Fun shot- and so was taking a look at all the "out-takes" and practice shots. I'm looking forward to the day when I have a lens I can keep open and play around with in speed because this kind of picture is so much fun to do.
posted January 22nd, 2014  
@olivetreeann I believe you can set up your Powershot for a 15-second exposure manually; which is plenty of time to light paint! :) Perhaps this link will help: http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111225141329AALSLGG
posted January 22nd, 2014  
@grizzlysghost Thanks Aaron- I will have to look in to that but my Canon is the A560. I'm pretty sure the A means automatic and that there's not much wiggle room in the settings. It has a manual setting and the lowest ISO setting I can set is 80. In my 35mm days I had a bulb setting which gave me a lot of freedom with that type of shot, but so far I haven't figured out how to do it on this camera. I'm pretty sure it's the bottom of the Canon line- but I do think it takes great macros! I'm hoping to upgrade soon. I wanted to get a Canon Rebel EOSti, but I'm not sure I'll be able to swing the cost. So we'll see what happens!
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Aaron, this is such a great post! I love the shot -- very creative and clever. But even more, it is wonderful to have all the directions to creating it, the examples of just how long it takes to 'get it right' and the example of something so cool that didn't require fancy equipment. Thanks for the link too.
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Thanks for giving us inspiration Aaron
posted January 22nd, 2014  
FAV! :)
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Neat and colorful lighting
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Brilliant, i see instructions and help on this, i will have to have a look and have a go at this. i have wondered how it gets done, is it all layers in photoshop etc. Thanks for sharing
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Aaron...I always appreciate when you share your methods...well done and thanks. Fav
posted January 22nd, 2014  
Wow, so cool! Awesome shot, love it!
posted January 22nd, 2014  
This is great - awesome shot! Useful info also.
posted January 22nd, 2014  
SWEET!
posted January 23rd, 2014  
Light, magic, cuteness... ;-p Fav.
posted January 23rd, 2014  
Wow! The fastest light pen in the West!
posted January 30th, 2014  
@therubysusan Shazam! :)
posted January 30th, 2014  
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