I've Been Everywhere Dennis Daubney – Photography, Graphic Design, and Organic Living

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Long Exposure Photography – Painting With Light

Alone Under the Moonlight

Alone Under the Moonlight

Last night, I spent some time doing some long exposure photography that I have been waiting to do for a while. The moon was right and the sky was clear. My horses and the landscape were the subjects of this experiment.

Goodnight Oak

Goodnight Oak

I also took some photos inside the old barn where the horses stay. This is probably the last couple months the horses shall live in this 30-40+ year old stable, so I wanted to document all it's weathered character, before they move to a new stable.

Spirit

Spirit

I used a technique called "painting with light", in order to create particular highlights where I wished. This technique is simple. You'll need your camera, tripod, cable release or set your camera on timer mode, plus a flashlight(or car headlights, or other means of lighting the scene - be creative). Figure out a base exposure that will keep your shadows dark. Most of my exposures averaged 30 seconds @ f18-22. I probably would have done longer exposures at a lower ISO, if I had a cable release.

During the exposure turn on your light source and shine it quickly on the areas you wish to highlight. This may take some trial and error to get it looking right. The more even you paint the light on, the smoother the image will appear. If you paint wildly, it will look like a raver swinging glow sticks at a nightclub.

Dappled Light

Dappled Light

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