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Your Old Dog
10-20-2005, 07:04 AM
I only post this here because I know a good many of you guys are into photography.

Everybody knows about painting with light, ever seen it done to the level of this guys work?



10-20-2005, 08:18 AM
Nice stuff.

Just shows how far digital has come. That type of work has been done on film for quite a while; digital hasn't been able to handle it until now.

10-20-2005, 11:35 AM
Fun stuff. Here is a lame effort. Gotta work on this some more...


John Lawson
10-20-2005, 12:53 PM
Taking the spirals as a starting point:
It is possible to time certain operations by attachine a small led to the edge of a faceplate and turning the spindle at a very slow known rate. Open and close the shutter to establish the time of an event. The rotation of the light source will give the elapsed time. An example might be timing the hammer fall of a pistol. I have done this using a Speed Graphic with a solenoid shutter release, the shutter set on the time function with initiation and stop via micro switch.

10-20-2005, 02:26 PM
today in class a girl showed a picture of herself writing her name with the moon. Still needs to work on it. I have been doing a little bit of light painting. Im doing a coffee mug shot, well a Boston Redsox mug that I smashed and taped back together and placed a Red led inside it. I boxed it in and took a 30 second exposure to get the red light showing thru the cracks. I also shined a red led on the outside so it would show some detail of the mug. I am not very happy with the results of it thus far, I am going to redo it. Going to take one picture of it in daylight, another all boxed in for the glow from the cracks, and maybe a 3rd one with water pouring out of the cracks, then Im going to merge all 3 pictures into one in photoshop using the layers and blending techniques. If I am happy, will show it on here. I am however EXTREMELY happy with a still life I did and had costco print an 8x10. Oh man Film is sooooooo dead.

10-20-2005, 02:32 PM
Heres my first still life, used a studio strobe at school with a soft box on it. Man, love that 20d, just look at the historgram to make sure I didnt blow out any highlights or too much shadows.

Ben Diss
10-20-2005, 04:37 PM
Hey, film isn't dead. It's just entering a new era. Digital has replaced film for snaps and other consumer photography, but there is still a huge film presence in the fine art scene.

I'm shooting 8x10 Polaroid this weekend. No kidding.


10-20-2005, 05:02 PM
Im going to play a joke on my photo 2 teacher. IT is a B&W dark room class. Im going to make a contact sheet, all from digital pictures from my 20D, even have the film strips there barely showing, then make a few 8x10 prints, see if he catches the fact they are digital. He most likely will as the whole class is using grainy Tri X 400 film.
As far as I am concerned, Digital, such as my 20D has completely replaced 35mm, and is close enough to medium format for me. My teacher with his 1ds mark 2, 16.8 megapixels, he says it blows away medium format all together. ITs a pretty nice camera, he let everyone in the class try it out.
He is a commercial photographer, he is 95% digital now. Still has a 4x5 for once in a blue moon and a 35mm for the very few artists that want their stuff done with slides.
The Dark room is fun, but I am finding Photoshop and costco to be ahhh soooo sweeeet.
Funny, couple of months ago I was die hard film, I was hit head on by the digital truck.

Ben Diss
10-20-2005, 06:57 PM
One word. Scheimpflug.

Your Old Dog
10-20-2005, 07:03 PM
Like I said, nice shot. An Art Director would love you. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Yours came out much better than my first SF some 40 years ago.


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10-20-2005, 07:28 PM
John, you mention opening and closing the shutter. Do you mean multiple times? I've done this with my old Canon A1 but my new digital doesn't allow double exposure.

Is there any digital that does allows double exposure?

10-20-2005, 09:27 PM
YOD, nice touch you did there. Ah, I used half of my 2 gig Flash card just taking different pics. I didnt even pick the best one, too many to look thru, LOL. Just going by the historgram.

Ben Diss, I think I can do the same thing if I buy bellows for my Canon digi.

Ken, simply use Photo shop and have each picture a seperate Layer and blend the layers to give you that effect. Much easier than doing it on the camera only. Well, I guess that depends on what your doing.

Your Old Dog
10-21-2005, 06:54 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by BillH:
YODI used half of my 2 gig Flash card just taking different pics. I didnt even pick the best one, too many to look thru, LOL.</font>

Bill, In my mind that's the big curse to digital shooting. There's a tendency to overshoot. That's why I got a harddrive full of photos but only maybe 50 differant ones! I view everythinng in XP's slide projector and then write down the file numbers of the ones that stand out. Occasionally, nothing stands out http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I'm 60 and got my best tip from a 25 old in Toronto about a year ago. He said that damn near every shot can be improved with cropping. "almost always, there is something near an edge that you can do without and that serves to distract" I work in tv news and one of our Producers has proven time and time again he can improve a story that's too long by simply cutting it in the right place(s). Editing/cropping works.

Blaze away dude! It's damn near free now!!

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10-21-2005, 09:27 AM
BillH -
Bellows will give you macro capability only. You'll need a shift lens (shockingly expensive) for camera movements (scheimpflug), and then the movements available will be minimal with the digital SLR format.

You're right, that is the bane of digital. Some of my friends who are pro photographers have had to re-think how they shoot weddings digitally because they come up with too many images and spend a lot of time sorting through them for the "best" shot.

Film is far from dead. Digital sure is fun!