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Old Aug 14, 2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default Painting with light -trees and stars

The only light was from a flashlight which I moved around like a paintbrush. The camera was on bulb. What surprised me was that I got stars in the sky. Hope you like it.
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Old Aug 15, 2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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Could you not have gotten the same look if you left your camera on B setting and just used the flash once instead of the flashlight? Then the trees would look the same and you would still get your stars. If you were further away from your subject (the trees) then your focus would be further out and deeper and the stars would be a lot sharper. Im asking a lot of questions because Ive wanted to do this for a long time. My camera only has 4 second as longest time shutter is open. Not so with my next camera.
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Old Aug 15, 2009, 1:47 AM   #3
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I do not know. The trees were not that close. The flash might not have reached them. I was at infinity. It was a 50mm lens and not a zoom of any kind. The exposure was 15 sec which is why the stars came in.
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Thanks for sharing Caryl

So it looks like you're also trying your hand at the "light painting at night" technique using torch and longish exposures. Nice.

It seems that most of your photo is blurred, whether due to slight camera movement or out of focus, it's hard for me to tell. For me, that makes it not as powerful an image as it could have been.

However keep trying. Cheers.

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Old Aug 15, 2009, 10:25 AM   #5
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I used a tripod and an infinity setting. I do not see the blur but my eyes are very old.
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Appreciate your attempt Caryl : )
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Old Aug 15, 2009, 8:19 PM   #7
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Did you try prefocusing before taking the shot? It is good to see your attempts at this technique.
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Yes I did. It is a manual focus camera and it was dark and I do not see that well . I had the camera on infinity since the tree was quite far away. I may try the same thing tonight and prefocus before it gets dark.
I am really happy with the results.
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Here's a tip for ya. Shine your light on the tree while looking through the viewfinder. Get a focus lock on the spot your light is shining using the Auto focus option on the lens then once you have focus let go of the shutter button and switch the lens to manual focus. It will now not try to refocus every time you take a picture. Your shots should be sharp.

Also, have your fstop WIDE OPEN so all the available light can easily be picked up by the sensor and ISO's set to at least 400.

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Old Aug 15, 2009, 9:31 PM   #10
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You may want to scout out the landscape to find old buildings or churches with a grave yard to light paint. Here are a couple shots I did with a flash light. There are many more "light painted" photos on my website. Check them out for ideas. You'll find them in either the landscapes or close-ups galleries.

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