Archive for September, 2011


Light Fight

September 25, 2011

So, before I went away, I had a few ideas of experimental photographs that I wanted to try in the darkness… and this was one… kind off 🙂 On the first night, we decided to try and make an orb. A lot of different attempts finally resulted in the very first photo. Well done to Steven for perfecting it. 🙂 The other photos were some outdoor swinging of fairy light fun that he, Ammar and I had. Sadly after we got back I remembered that we forgot to paint the outdoor scene with a torch. If I’d done that our orb would have been ‘on’ something, rather than just in the black!

If you’re interested in the orbs, check out Evan’s excellent Photo Extremist blog.

Have a great week 🙂





































































Light Bokeh Outtakes

September 18, 2011

Prior to the coffee cup photo, these were some of the other ones that we did with the setup. Not very happy with the lighting on the face in the first one but still, it was fun… 🙂

Have a great week. 🙂












Cup of Bokeh

September 11, 2011

This was shot when I was on holiday with a lot of help from my friends, Steve and Ammar. Fairy lights were used to create the bokeh and the trick to this shot is setting it up so that the lights are blurred enough to create the bokeh but the mug is in focus. Due to the fact that I don’t have a wireless trigger for my flash, the original shots were created by me having my remote trigger stretched in one hand, and the flash in my other hand. I’d press the flash and camera trigger at the same time. Unfortunately, this didn’t always result in me getting a photograph. 🙂 In the end we lit this from above with a torch and the photograph was taken. I think that night we ended up taking about 100 shots of this, we’d done this same thing a couple of days before but the mug we used was pretty bland. Anyway, I like the final photograph, except for the fact that the bottom right is too dark and thus looks like it’s cut out. Still, who cares 🙂

Some other photographs from this shoot next week.

Have a great week 🙂


Painting with Light

September 4, 2011

One of my favourite things about the recent trip away was the lack of street and other invasive light. This presented me with the ability to paint with light (as well as light paint) :). My friend, Steve had kindly brought along a 5 million candle power torch to ‘paint’ with. For the shot below, the camera was left on a long exposure of around 10 seconds (I think), which allowed it to soak in the beautiful blue twilight sky. The grass was black and painted using the torch. For the second photo, I painted the foreground trees with the torch and left the rest as they were.

Have a great week 🙂