*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.
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!