Plan B and Kinetically Engineered Nights - Lightpainting on Hive

in Lightpainters United2 months ago

Last night's outing in the dark turned in to a "Plan B." We started off trying to shoot in a Peak District culvert in Padley Gorge only to find it full of raging, fast flowing water. There was no chance of getting in the culvert so settled for shooting what we could and made a Plan "B"

Plan "B" involved driving around 20 miles or so to an abandoned quarry works I'd been to before. The works was in the middle of nowhere and dark, very dark inside. There was also no chance of us being disturbed by the locals since any "yoofs" would have needed a car or be willing to walk 5 miles. I know of no such "yoof" so knew we would unlikely to be disturbed. (Getting interrupted during a lightpainting session has been a common occurrence and especially so in abandoned buildings!)

So Lee CW (not on Hive but ought to be!) and I ventured inside the works and this is what we got:

Electrically Engineered Nights

I spotted this long corridor of abandoned switchgear with most of the good stuff missing but knew it would make a great spot to shoot in the dark. Thanks to Lee CW for patiently posing while I faffed with the lights.


And another version in portrait format. I prefer this one but I'd appreciate a bit of feedback as to which one you would prefer:


Kinetically Engineered Nights

I've been experimenting with combining a fractal filter with kinetic movement of the camera. On previous occassions, I've realised I may need to remove and replace the fractal filter during a single exposure. This is a mix of fractal filter on and off then on again. The reason for removal and replacement of the filter is needing only one silhouette; using the filter all the way through the exposure leads to stray arms, legs and heads all over the place!

This is shot in one photographic exposure apart from a crop to get rid of a carrier bag that inadevertently appeared in the shot.


Focus Fail

Sometimes I reckon it's good to show the failures and trials gone through to nail a shot. Here I've absolutely nailed the lightpainting only to realise as I ended the exposure, I forgot to check focus! Damn!! Damn!!! Damn!!!!

One thing the failure did for me though was to inform that using a manual lens and turning the lens out of focus for the lightpainting elements might not be a bad thing. Next I'm out in the dark with a camera, I will be trying out of focus stuff to see what happens.

Note the plastic carrier bag. Why in the heck did I not spot that?


That flowing water shot

Before we made the "Plan B" at the culvert, this was the shot I got in Padley Gorge. There was no way I was going to wade in this raging, flowing water. I made a note to visit in a morning when the light would be better:


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Fantastic shots Chris. 😎

 2 months ago  

Cheers pal, I forgot to mention in the blog, I dropped my fractal filter and is now in a million pieces!🤣

Oh no poor Fractalfilter, rest in peace. 😎

 2 months ago  

Sweet set and write up pal. This one bombed eh? 😂😂

 2 months ago  

Haha, thanks, maybe I should waffle on more often 😂😂

Yay! 🤗
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