As mentioned in last week's blog, I promised to show a couple of cars from the evening part of my workshop under the full moon. If you've tried night photography with light painting you may already know one of the challenges is that objects do not show the accumulated (flash) light that has been painted on them, thereby leaving no evidence of how heavily or lightly it was applied or retained. Digital photography is a world of help here and in the days of film, I bet it was a real guessing game as to what was happening. I can't think of anything else similar to this process where you are doing something almost imaginary (into thin air) that then appears on some other medium. Maybe it's like playing a musical instrument. It disappears as it is created unless something is recording it.
For ease of reference, I am putting the daylight image first and the moonlight image second.
A discerning eye might find itself thinking "Gee, if I were her, I would have moved that cardboard box in the lower right out of the way," and I just want to say that is exactly what I was thinking when I was there but after it was already dark. I decided to rather carefully lift the box, having been previously warned about Black Widow Spiders and other potentially toxic nocturnal creatures. Sure enough, when I lifted the corner there was a spider sitting right there staring up at me with all eight of its eyes. I don't think it was a Widow, but it didn't matter. I kept a non-stop beam of flashlight on it for probably 10 minutes waiting and watching to see where it was going to run off to. It didn't budge, probably because it was blinded from the light. I thought about killing it, but that didn't seem right since this was the spider's home, not mine. I'm sensitive about that stuff. I'm sure the spider is too. I knew as soon as I turned off the flashlight it was going to crawl straight toward me and probably up my pant leg or get into my camera bag for a surprise visit in my hotel room later. So I left the box, finished my work prematurely, and moved on to another car.
I wanted to experiment with multiple colors so I painted this truck in red and green. I had a bit of beginner's luck with the steering wheel. Interiors are hard to do and I don't think I successfully duplicated another steering wheel like that the rest of the workshop. Which one do you think looks better? I actually did not get very good feedback for the red image and they didn't see the green one during the workshop.
I happened to be one of the few greenhorns in the group and my work pales in comparison to the experienced shooters I was keeping company with. When I set out to do this workshop, it was something I wanted to check off my list. I thought I would experience it and then be able to move on or go back to what I am used to doing and have a new skill to put on my resume. It didn't quite work that way though. Now I want to work on it more to see if I can get to be as good as the really good guys. I am pretty sure I can improve if I keep working at it.
Thanks for visiting and I have two more days of shooting in the junkyard that I will hope to cover in the future. Also, a very Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and all the other moms out there. Thanks for all you did and still do Mom!
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