Interesting Photo of the Day: Light-Painted Forest Octopus

The best thing about light painting is creative freedom. While we treat lack of light as a challenge in most genres of photography, that is totally not the case with light painting. Using your own source of light as a paintbrush, you gain the ability to paint whatever’s in your mind. You control what appears in the final image and are limited only by your own creativity. Take the following image by photographer Nikolay. The level of creativity is simply mind-blowing:

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“Spooky Light Painting in the Woods” by Nikolay (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Nikolay shot the image on the Olympus OM-D EM1 with an 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens at f/3.2 and ISO 200 using the live composite mode. For the lighting, he used an LED flashlight and a double light blade.

While some can feel that the image is trippy with a psychedelic vibe, others feel it’s kind of spooky. It’s the look of an octopus in the middle of the woods that gives the eerie vibe to the image. It’s scary how it appears like the arms of an octopus emerging from the roots of the trees.

What do you see when you look at this image?

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