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The light painter
The light painter

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Challenge: Painting With Light III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F30
Date: Jun 5, 2007
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2007

Georgi is indeed light-painted with a flashlight, then her and the canvas jump out of the way, and I jump in to do some fire painting.

To add a bit of an explanation -
I agree with a lot of people's suggestions for this, and some of them had been tried out, but were too difficult to pull off in the 15sec time limit my camera has.

At first we started off with an elaborate setup where first the pallete is light-painted, then Georgi jumps out of the way, we hold up a big piece of cardboard in front of where the canvas used to be, and I fire-paint a shape through the holes in the cardboard. However, it took a lot of jumping around in the dark to get everything in position in time, and it was really hard to get the shape to a position where the canvas used to be. So we kinda gave up on that.

Lighting up the pallete proved to be quite difficult - the flames were always slightly above, or behind, or whatever. It worked in a couple of shots where we had a tiny candle on top of it. It was hard not to get blown out highlights from it. It would've improved the picture, but I just found no way of pulling it off at the time.

Most of the 'paintings' we did weren't actually limited to the canvas at all - I figured that for someone painting with light, that's not really a necessary limitation. That seemed to be a lot of people's objection, and yeah, I guess I can see it, but disagree.

This took a total of 5 hours of shooting. I guess for the next one I'll do 7 or 8, and see if it does any better :)

Place: 56 out of 245
Avg (all users): 5.9412
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.6032
Avg (non-participants): 6.0922
Views since voting: 1232
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 204
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/09/2008 11:23:09 PM
This is such a cool idea!
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06/18/2007 05:46:13 PM
Very neat idea. Looks like a tough shot to pull off. congrats on the score!
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06/14/2007 10:29:07 PM
I agree that it's a good pic, and with more takes you might've gotten a great pic, but you gotta stop some time. :) I'm just amazed you got the "paint" to touch the real paintbrush!

I know you like fire, but a flashlight is a lot easier to control!
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06/14/2007 09:35:14 AM
Jelena, you got a 9 from me during challenge. I thought it was a very good interpretation of the challenge ... and I also thought it was a hard challenge to do well. Great job and congrats.
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06/14/2007 09:00:24 AM
what I would try is using a canvas that already has some abstract painting on it, and combine the firestrokes with the brushstrokes. just for the heck of it.

nice work!
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06/14/2007 07:40:22 AM
I gave this an 8 during the challenge, and thought I had commented; I really liked it (as is); I agree that Rob's suggestions are interesting, and agree it's a really neat idea. Well executed, too. Congrats on a new top pic!
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06/14/2007 01:02:20 AM
Looks like you've been taking lessons from Svetlana -- the costume and classical pose. I like the picture a lot. Congratulations on a new top row entry.
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06/14/2007 12:21:15 AM
Congrats on a top 5 for you. This is a neat idea, though if the light-art covered more of the canvas it might have pushed the score over 6. A bit of glowing on the plate would have been a nice touch too.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2007 10:20:50 PM
beautiful brushstrokes. 7
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06/12/2007 10:16:24 PM
Very nice idea and photo.
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06/12/2007 08:02:52 AM
fits the challenge perfect :D
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06/11/2007 12:30:31 PM
hehe, really painting with light ;)
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06/09/2007 11:25:23 AM
i like the idea but I find the white balance off - too much yellow - and the painter seems to have missed the canvas! 5
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06/08/2007 09:28:52 PM
0-2 meets challenge = 2
0-3 creativity = 1
0-3 technical merit = 1
0-2 biased wow factor = 1
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06/08/2007 08:59:14 PM
clever, the painter may have moved slightly and it looks a bit grainy but great idea and good implementation. Good Luck
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06/08/2007 03:26:49 AM
Now thats intersting, how did he/she paint off canvas? Good idea though... also i notice some "Jpeg artifacts" on most of the image... did you compress this too much maybe?
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06/07/2007 10:34:59 AM
interesting, and would have been super compelling if the light image could have been something real.
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06/06/2007 05:35:44 PM
i think its the only picture thats completly matches the topic great idea
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06/06/2007 04:18:56 PM
This is so close to being an excellent photo.....right now I would call it good. The "painting" is going over the edges of the easel, it should be contained on the canvas I think. The painter looks a bit out of focus, looks like she was moving a bit during the long exposure. But a very creative idea and I think with a few more tries you'd get it perfect.
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06/06/2007 02:01:27 PM
Very sweet!!
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06/06/2007 01:54:26 AM
I really like the concept. I wish all the 'paint' was on the canvas and that the painter was in sharp focus. Would have gotten a higher score, IMO!
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