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red material & sofa

red material & sofa

red material & sofa

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This Summer I’ve been looking through some of my early photography work. In the mid 1990’s I became interested in “Light Paintings” while I was living in New Mexico. I did a few commercial jobs using this technique in Albquerque but after I returned to Orlando I wanted to see what I could come up with creatively by “Painting with Light.” This was Many years before I became interested in photographing Birds.

My process started with draping this red fabric on my living room sofa that I knew would probably work well with the Light Painting process. I used a 4×5 View Camera using Fujichrome transparency film. I could check exposure and test images with Polaroid Film. Next I turn off all the lights in the room, open the shutter of the view camera and begin. I illuminate with a light source enclosed in a dark metal box with no light escaping except through a fiber optic hose and wand. The shutter of the camera is open the entire time I am painting the scene with light. During this process I can be in the scene and I will not be seen on film as long as I keep the light off of me. 25 -30 minutes later I close the shutter. One image complete! I usually shoot 8-12 images.

 

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