Day 162: First Spirograph

by Ivan Steenkamp July. 31, 2017 1395 views

11-06-17

Today I just got the sudden inspiration to do some light painting. I decided to try out a technique that I have not tried before. Spirograph light painting!

My light source was a small flashlight with some tape over the front (and a small whole in the tape to reduce the amount of light) suspended from the ceiling with string. I put my camera on the ground and used my 18mm lens to get as much of the ceiling in frame as possible.

I experimented with the speed and direction of the swing I gave to the flashlight until I achieved this photo.

Small Spiragraph light painting

Small Spiragraph light painting

After I shot the photo I did a little bit more experimenting.

While the light was swinging overhead, I also zoomed the lens in during the exposure... I was very surprised to get a decent photo at all!

An experimental photo...

An experimental photo...

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro.

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I am slowly trying to catch up with my backlog of photos for my 365 day project. Thanks for being understanding!

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Tom Reaume 4 years, 1 month ago

Hi Ivan,    Why not try drawing with a hand-held camera rather than keeping the camera still. It is much more expressive and  reveals who you really are.  TR

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Tom Reaume 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the tip! I have done something similar to what you do on your blog -- check out https://www.photoblog.com/kiwibro/2017/04/08/day-91-driving-through-town/ -- while in a moving car I did a long exposure of the town's lights.

Not sure what you mean by "reveals who you really are"

Chears Tom!!! smiley

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- Kim - 4 years, 1 month ago

What a fun effect!  I really like the results.  Thank you for sharing your photos and your picture-taking process.

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to - Kim - 4 years, 1 month ago

It's a pleasure to share my photos with you!

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Timothy Bullock 4 years, 1 month ago

Love it! I'm going to try this!!

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Timothy Bullock 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks! Deffinatally a very rewarding thing to try out. smiley

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Daanish Farhan 4 years, 1 month ago

These are awesome!!

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Daanish Farhan 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you. I appreciate it very much! blush

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Daanish Farhan Replied to Ivan Steenkamp 4 years, 1 month ago

Your welcome 😄

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