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Light Painting

By suejoh
In preparation for the super moon and maybe having to light paint the subject I went in the garden to practise. The moon was conveniently just over the servisberry which was in its brief moment of flowering.

So - any comments welcomed on how to improve the light painting. Also any thoughts on moon photography - not necessarily related to this picture.

My thoughts on this - it is a bit dark maybe and I should have painted more light?
Processing - it is a number of pictures merged so that I could add bits that I had painted from each shot. One long exposure picture was used to add more light around the bottom of the tree and a touch around the moon.

Tags: General Moon Tree Light painting photography servisberry

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
24 Apr 2021 5:48PM
This has the making of an attracive image Sue.
I like your idea of practising first, as then you know what to do and what toexpect 'for real'

Yourlight painting lools good and the idea of combining mulriple images is good (I bloged about that earlier in the yeaer when we had snow).
More light? The blossom looks fine and you dont want to blow te highlights. A Curves adjustment would brighten it as well as maintain contrast. I'll try a mod to give you an idea. It's not much but the branches need lifing. However, I think you could get ny perfedtly using f/8 for sufficient depth of field and that, at the same shutter speed, would be a one stop brightness increas. You can more easily darken a picture than lighten it with less resultant noise, as you are using a high ISO, as I would do.

The fact that you combined frames forthe tree points the way to the rest of the image. The moon is way overexposed, so you need a separate exposure for that. The moon is lit by the sun, bright sun, and is for our purposes the same distance as the sun from the Erth. The exposure you'd give for a grey landsape in full sun would be something around f/11 at 1/125 and 100 ISO. By all means include the overexposed moon in shot (I like the glow) and drop your correctly exposed moon over the top of it (at least you'll have a moon of correct size and authentic position and not a fake moon image).
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
24 Apr 2021 9:40PM
Really good advice on both issues from Keith.

I note that the exposure was five seconds - if you can use a dimmer light source for painting, you can use a longer exposure, which would allow you more precision in balancing the light you paint onto different areas. And some sort of hood around the light then gives you more ability to put the light onto some areas and not others.

Experimenting is definitely VERY good - light painting isn't a skill hardwired into us, and the more you practice, look, feed back the learning and practice again, the better you'll get at it. And that will allow more subtle results, perhaps...

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