Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Playing with light

I have seen many amazing 'light painting' images on Flickr. There are people out there who can create some of the most incredible images using simple lights, torches, glow sticks etc.

Take a look at this:  Flickr - Light in Motion   and there are many other similar groups and websites.

I am a member of a weekly camera club; and every now and then we try something a bit different.  So last week a guy showed us a few simple tricks and helped us create a few images painted with light.

These are my simple attempts:

1) Take a kitchen whisk (one of those simple hand-held wire loop ones).
2) Stick a ball of wire wool into the end of the whisk.
3) Tie the whisk to a piece of string.
4) Set fire to the wire wool.
5) Get someone to swing it around and around themselves. (like an irresponsible windmill)
6) Take pictures of it.  F11 - ISO 100 - 15 sec

 Similar steps as above, except this time let the fire spinning fool walk from side to side while shutter is open.

On this image, we attached some electro luminescent glow strings to a person's legs and arms. This person then proceeded to walk along in front of the other fire spinner.  I tracked him as he walked by turning the camera slowly on the tripod.  This gives him that kind of Tron style glow.

We had a fun evening.  Several adults with cameras, behaving quite irresponsibly with fire.

Osaka #5

Here are a few more images from down town Osaka. The place is a messy crash of noise and colour, people and bicycles. It is a mish mash of old style market trading and small shops, together with an uncoutable number of restaurants and bars. Running through this scene is the addition of high tech modernism and futuristic automatism.  Old world meets new!  This is somed up by the way that the man in a small shop selling next year's cameras and computers would prefer cash instead of plastic. 

The street level is a cacophony of noise and people, shops and modern neon signs, vintage paper lanterns and over head power cables. When you look up you see the tall concrete buildings and offices of corporations and hotels, covered in further advertisements on an immense neon scale.  If you have seen the amazing 80s sci-fi movie 'Blade Runner', then you already have a feel for Osaka.

Next year, I should be back in Japan for a while; and relish the idea of letting loose with my Ricoh. I have become a lot braver in my photography since these photos were taken.