skating down the mountain, skyline in our rear view mirror.


diy death by ray gun

We weren't attempting to track the movement of our factory workers to simplify tasks and increase efficiency like Frank Gilbreth and his wife Lillian were doing but believe it or not, through the same process, we captured what might appear to be a cosmic assassination of our very own Christen.

Pretty cool, huh?
Now before you write it off as some fantastic, time consuming process of hyper-real photography, take a second and ponder....I'll let you in on a little nugget: it's possible for even you and your generic digital or film camera! Don't get all crazy legs on me just yet. If your camera doesn't have an ounce of shutter speed adjustment your best bet is to simply revel over the day when you come across someone with said camera. If you're lucky enough to have any type of shutter speed range, it's your gosh-darned lucky day. So snatch up a flashlight, glowstick, sparkler, keychain light or anything else emitting a glow. Put your camera on something sturdy and set the shutter speed to stay open as long as possible. Depending on the time of day/amount of light coming in you'll need to adjust the aperture appropriately to compensate for the longer shutter speed, (usually they have an inverse relationship-longer shutter speed=smaller aperture (higher number)).
Now comes the real fun. Set the self-timer to give you enough time to get in the frame, don't forget your light source and start waving that thing like you're directing Snoop Dog's Pimp Plane into your backyard. For ideal results you can pre-map an image to draw, check it out in review mode and try again! It takes time, it takes patience and a creative hand but with plenty of practice you'll be pumping out
Picasso-esque light art before you know it!



  1. wow, I didn't know light painting had all that cool history! this is awesome :)


  2. Just stumbled upon your blog! Love it, definitely a new follower :]


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