Kenosha Lighthouse Light Painting
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Outdoor dawn light painting of the Kenosha Wisconsin Lighthouse. Nikon D3, 29 second exposure @ f8. Lighthouse and pier side lit with Brinkmann hand held spot light.
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Thu 22-May-2008 06:56

You light painted the lighthouse and pier? Wow, did you enter frame and keep moving, lighting as you walked towards the camera or was it all from behind the camera? Just curious, I love to light paint also.....Anyway, stunning shot.


Location: IL US
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Fri 23-May-2008 05:01


Thanks for the kind comments. The light painting was done with a Brinkmann 2 million candle power hand held. The pier tapers downward toward the sides. There is a piece of angle iron running the center of the pier. I used the taper and the iron to help isolate the light to one side of the pier. The D3 was far left, I held the light far right (over the water almost) about 3 feet above pier level, 10 to 15 feet behind the camera position. The lighthouse is painted in a gloss paint which really helped reflect the light back into the lens. I was much closer to the lighthouse than it appears. I was using a 14-24mm AFS @ f8 to back to image off of the main subject. The camera was at a sitting level. There is also a land mass with street lights about 100 yards to the right of the pier. The street lights provided a little light, but the bulk was provided by the Brinkmann. The long exposure in combination with the soft light gave it an almost painting like quality.

Give it a shot it's a blast!