Going to Extremes with Light Painting

I’m working on my upcoming review of light painting flashlights and thought I’d post this shot as an example of what you can do with a flashlight and gel filter. The blue front lighting is from an LED flashlight with a light blue gel filter attached using a GelGrip™. The background side lighting is another story. It required a highly specialized light-painting device that cost me…ahem…nearly $30K.

Frozen waterfall light painting

Frozen base of waterfall. Foreground light painted with LED flashlight and blue gel filter. Background lit with truck headlights. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, f/16, 8 seconds, ISO 200.

Yes, I paid $30 grand for a light-painting instrument. I don’t expect most people to go to this extreme, but you have to remember that I’m serious about my night photography. And when you’re as serious as I am, you do and spend whatever it takes to get the shot.

If you’d like to get one of these devices yourself, you’ll find them at your local Toyota dealer. Ask the salesman for a Tacoma 4×4 pickup truck. I prefer charcoal gray, and I immediately ripped off that stupid “Toyota Racing Development” decal, but hey, you can do whatever you like with your own light painting device.

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.