Painting with light

A few years ago I learned a technique called painting with light. These are some of my attempts at this style of photography, looking back at these images I’m not sure why I haven’t explored it more.

This image was created with a variety pack of mini glow sticks a sparkler and a laser pointer.

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This one was created with a Ryobi flashlight and a snoot. A snoot is a piece of heavy paper rolled into a cone and attached to said flashlight. In a nutshell it allows you to narrow your beam of light, kinda like using a thin paintbrush.
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An LED flashlight.

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One of my first with a laser pointer.

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Another made with a flashlight, oh and the moon.

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Sunlight through a bottle of olive oil and piece of purple glass.

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Some might argue the following images aren’t examples of painting with light. I would disagree, I just slowed down my shutter speed and let the light paint itself.

The skytrain being the skytrain.

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Georgia Street Vancouver

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There are many great examples of this technique online, check out Patrick Koslo’s work for starts. Patrick was my instructor at Langara College’s photography program.

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2 Responses to “Painting with light”

  1. dawnegourley Says:

    Enlightening.

  2. Julie Says:

    Wow Jay! Love these. You are amazing.

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