Last night I left the house with my camera, tripod and running gear, aiming to capture images for Brooks #Brooksbeseen competition. The criteria is simple, take pictures of you wearing high vis/reflective clothing.
What I didn’t anticipate was how warm it was at the end of October at 10pm. It was still baking hot!
Set up underneath a footpath, lined with trees and lampposts, I began to experiment.
I was after two shots. One long exposure, the other reflecting my clothing.
For this I used a Canon 7D with a 24-105 F4 L lens, mounted on a Monfrotto tripod. For light I used a Lifesystems Intensity 24 head torch and as well as a prototype. The prototype is powerful, so this would be used for fill lighting and to reflect light of the reflective strips on the clothing. The intensity (pictured below) would be worn or held, to to create lightwaves or patterns. Using the two red LED’s, I held this in my hand facing the camera and ran as I normally would, making sure it was always facing in the right direction. Light painting at night is really good fun, and something anyone can try if their camera, phone or GoPro Hero 4 has the ability to alter the shutter speed.
THe long exposures as ever were good fun, playing around seeing what could be achieved. Making sure the camera was not over sensitive was key as the shutter would be open for up to 8 seconds. I used the self timer to allow me to get into shot and not to disrupt the camera.
The reflective shots were harder, as for this I really needed a flash. I resorted to using the built in flash, however ideally I need a flash gun which can be mounted independently of the camera for greater effect. Writing this in the comfort of my house, I may head out again as more ideas are entering my mind.
What resulted can be seen below. Two combined the long exposure with a flash and that had an interesting effect. The third was just using the flash.
Ultimately; patience, creativity and resourcefulness are what are required. Experiment and don’t worry about failing, after you only see a select few of a pros shots (and I am certainly not one).