19/365 – Painting with light
I wanted to have a little play with this photo so I decided to try some light painting. I couldn’t quite get the pattern all the way around the entire photograph, it would have been really cool if I had but I guess that this is where practice comes into it. I set the camera up on a tripod and pointed it towards the ceiling. Using a piece of wool I suspended a small torch from the ceiling. I set the settings on the camera and used manual focus to try and get the sharpest results. Then I set the torch swinging, turned off the light and used a remote shutter release to take the shot. I had to swing the torch by hand because otherwise it was just producing round patterns and I also moved the string upwards to get some depth into the pattern. Quite good fun and something I will probably get the kids involved in.
I think that for today’s photograph I might try something using fast shutter but with the absence of an external flash I don’t really expect amazing results. Still it is all good practice and is really helping me to get a grip with the manual settings. It is also making me long for additional equipment already. I bought a remote shutter recently which is a great way to get sharp shots if using a tripod. Next on my list is additional flashes and a zoom lens. The lens will have to wait, they do not come cheap!