Our last assignment for Advanced Techniques was a group project called Painting with Light. I got very lucky and got placed in a great group, I worked with Mito, Jarrad and Daisuke. As awesome as our photo is, we really have Mito to thank for the idea, she is such a creative and talented photographer.
This picture was made doing several exposures of the same frame, changing the f-stop and shutter speed between them. In the first exposure we had Julianna (my future roomie and excellent model) hold a small LED light in her hands and look down at it while Jarrad lit her face with a flashlight for just 1/10 of a second. The next exposure was 15 seconds and in that one Jarrad, Daisuke and I used our off-camera strobes at half power to light the trees in the background. The last three exposures were 30 seconds each and had all four of us using small LED lights to make the “fireflies.” Jarrad used the same flashlight to trace Julianna once to help her stand out and then Mito used her LED up close to create the very bright lights coming right out of Julianna’s hands.