Light painting is one of the most creative genres of photography. It requires you to be not just technically sound with your camera, but also able to manifest a work of art only visible in your mind’s eye. This does not simply require in-depth planning and a deep understanding of lighting and your camera—it also demands true artistic talent. When you “paint” in thin air, you cannot see how things are shaping up until the product is finished. The level of concentration and imagination required is immense. Consider the following work by light-painting artist Stephen Knight. The effort he must’ve put in for this work is commendable:
The image is a 60-second exposure that Knight took at f/8 and ISO 400. He used a color LED torch by Ignis and Plexy Rod Bubbles by Light Painting Paradise, as well as a Sofirn SP31 v2.0 flashlight to skillfully paint the colorful artwork.
The consistency and symmetry in the waves is proof of how careful and skillful the photographer must’ve been. Did he get it in one shot, two shots or more? Only he knows. But we can tell for sure that he knew exactly what he was doing. Even the location that he chose for the shoot is bursting with meaning: the art on the wall beautifully complements his own work. It’s a match made in a heavenly alley.
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