My camera club has a monthly assignment, usually something we’ve had a program about, to use the new information and put it into practice. It’s a great learning tool. Our December assignment was “night photography.” I’m not keen on trying to work outside, especially this time of year, so I decided on an inside project: light painting.
I set up a black background (black foam core board), and used my newly open orchid plant for a model.
After setting the camera up on a tripod and choosing settings, off went the lights. Using a cable release, I opened the shutter, turned on a small LED flashlight and panned the light over the blossom and buds. After a few adjustments, this was my best image! The flashlight was on for just over three seconds.
It’s fun to try new techniques, especially when the results are good.
For those who are interested, here are my camera settings: Nikon D5100, 40mm Nikkor lens, AF, F9, bulb setting, 3.7 seconds, ISO 4000, +1 EV.