Light Art Congress Speeches from Oviedo

All of the speeches from the second International Light Art Congress in Oviedo Spain have been uploaded to the intrawebs! If (like me) you were not able to attend this awesome light painting photography event at least you can check out some of the speeches from some of the leaders of the light painting movement! Below is an interesting one from light painting pioneers Lichtfaktor and all the links to the rest are below! Enjoy.

HANNU HUHTAMO “From light art to social art” [LightArtOVD 2016] (EN)

PALA TETH “A little touch of magic and a big bunch of fireworks” [LightArtOVD 2016] (EN)

DAN WHITAKER “Organized chaos and seeing things from a different angle” [LightArtOVD 2016] (EN)

CHANETTE MANSO “Light or matter” [LightArtOVD 2016] (EN)

JADIKAN “Relief Lightpainting Photography, another perspective” [LightArtOVD 2016] (EN)

ADRIESPELEO “Fotografía nocturna de naturaleza y mundo subterráneo” [LightArtOVD 2016] (ES)

MASS “The Light and the Body” / “Contorsiolight” [LightArtOVD 2016] (ES & FR)

ELEMENTAL LIGHT “Luz elemental” [LightArtOVD 2016] (ES)

DARKREDTEAM “Evolución en el light painting de DARKREDTEAM” [LightArtOVD 2016] (ES)

Light Painting Photography Contest Entries, April 2017

Here are the entries for the April 2017 Light Painting Photography Refractograph Contest! It was great to see some entries from people that had never tried this technique before, inspiring you to shoot something new is what the contest series is all about! Everyone PLEASE VOTE in the comment section of this page to pick your top 3 favorite images, the images all have a number in the title (EXAMPLE… IF ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES IS THE IMAGE TITLED “Light Painting Contest 08 April 2017″ THEN YOU SHOULD PUT THE NUMBER 8 AS ONE OF YOUR CHOICES). Voters please vote just one time and you must include 3 unique choices for your vote to be counted. In other words no 1,1,1, or 5,5,5, or 7,7,7,…..Please pick your three favorite IMAGES based on the image alone, thank you and enjoy. Voting ends April 30th at Midnight Eastern Standard Time.


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Light Painting Facebook Learning Groups

Recently there have been some great new groups created on Facebook specific to particular styles of Light Painting and I thought it would be good to share some of them here. These groups are great places to find inspiration, tips, and most importantly a community of like minded individuals that are happy to help you create your light painting visions. Enjoy.
The first is one founded by Eric Pare this group is all about light painting with the fluorescent tube guards that Eric has made famous.

Light Painting Brushes Tricks and Tips
This group is run by the Light Painting Brushes Brand Ambassadors and is a awesome group all about creating using the Light Painting Brushes tools.

Founded by light panting pioneer Patrick Rochon this light painting group is specific to the art of using plexiglass light painting tools also known as blades.

Fiber Optic Light Painting
Founded by fiber optic light painting pioneer Maria Saggese this group is all about the incredible effects that can be achieved with fiber optic light painting tools.

Light Paint Lab
Founded by creative madman Dan Chick this group is great for awesome ideas and being inspired by Dan’s cutting edge techniques!

Camera Rotation and Kinetic Photography 
This group is all about creating light paintings by moving your camera! Image above by CRT pioneer Chris Thompson.

Jan Leonardo/Learn
Founded by LAPP co-creator Jan Leonardo this group is for learning and sharing Light Art Performance Photography.

The Official Pixelstick Group
All about using the Pixel stick to create your digital light painting magic.

If you have a Facebook account I highly recommend checking out these groups.


New Light Painting Guinness World Record, 1000 Orbs!

The quest to create the most light painted orbs in a single exposure all started with Andrew Wells and his Century of Light Orbs Project, in which Andrew single handedly created 100 light painted orbs in a single exposure!

Then the East Coast Light Painters, (myself included) broke Andrew’s record and got the first “Official” light painting world record by creating 200 orbs in a single exposure.

Then a team from India took a completely different approach to creating the orbs and blew the record away by creating 900 mini light painted orbs in a single exposure.

Now that record has officially been broken with 1000 Light Painted Orbs is a Single Exposure! What is even more wild is that they were all created by hand! 20 participants under the direction of Wolfgang Laich and Michael Walch have created ONE THOUSAND handcrafted light painted orbs in a single exposure! Check out the full interview with Wolfgang below for all the info on how they created this record setting image!

Hi Wolfgang congratulations on breaking the Guinness World Record for the most Light Painted Orb in a single image, 1000 Orbs is a one hell of a lot of Orbs! Can you tell me who was involved in setting this new Guinness World Record!
Well it was my friend Michael Walch and me (Wolfgang Laich) as the photographers. We, along with 18 friends and 3 independent referees took part in the attempt. A total of 20 people worked to build the light orbs in the final picture.

You had mentioned that you have not been light painting that long, how did you start light painting and how long have you been creating your images?
We started light painting about 2 years ago in the winter time. It gets dark early here (Kempten/Allgäu Germany) so we use the time for taking pictures. Mainly we try to tell a story with our pictures! First we made pictures with burglers in the dark night, movements and shadow, Fire balls…. then coloured shiny dead persons… we used more and more self made tools and also Light Painting Brushes.

We are two “Hobby” photographers with lot of energy for always trying new things. We meet one evening each week and try new things. Not all of our work is light painting, we are no specialists! (maybe we become…) We never could and want compare with professionals! We know this, we admire your work (also the other really good Light Art Professionals like JanLeonardo Wöllert…) For us what is most important is having fun and distraction from daily work time 😉

What inspired you to set out to break the record?
We found some pictures on the Guinness website from the former Record holders. The first record the Orbs were all made with a lot of handcrafted tools. Then the last record from the Indian team the orbs were made by little electric “game balls”. We wanted beat them with good old handcrafted orbs 😉 !

Can you tell me a little about the process, what was involved in the planning of the record attempt. How long did all the preparations take?
Normally in winter times after work it gets dark very early and there are no cows and fences in the fields 🙂 The farmers keep them away because of the snow. It is cold outside but that is the time when we have enough space, no people and time for some attempts. We worked for about two months (we built all the tools ourselves) with preparing, improving, testing and keeping the costs low, we needed for 2 months for all the preparations.

How did you create the orbs, did you make them by spinning them by hand or did you have a special tool?
We moved them by hand but in special way. We tried a lot of different possibilities, we made pictures and analysed the results afterwards. At the end after a lot of tries we decided that the best solution was to create the orbs using a tools with lights on both sides so a full orb would be created in a half rotation.

We had everything marked out with rows. We fixed three lines on the ground, one line in the middle of the field, one line marked the far right side and one line marked the far left side of the frame. On every string we fixed a little piece of wood every two meters on the rope. Three people were able to move back on the lying rope to the next little part of wood that marked the next location.

I took my place in the middle row on the line to give the instructions with my own voice. Every movement was coreographed, even how we created each individual orb in the row was by directions. Each of the 20 participants took their place in the row and then I gave the directions. To create each orb I gave the instructions “Lights on, half rotation, stop. Move to two o’clock, half rotation, stop. Move to three o’clock, half rotation, stop. Move to 5 o’clock…….. Think of it like standing on a watch face this was the easiest way to communicate where to turn the lights on and off for participants that had not done this before.

To create each orb we had 8 half movements. Then turn lights out!! Once we had a full row of orbs created the group moved one point back on the line. Then lights on and we repeated the same process with instructions all over again.

How big are each of the orbs?
Each of the orbs was approxamately 1.5 meters.

Why did you decide to create the orbs using this technique?
We chose this technique because it was the easiest for our friends to learn quickly. We wanted to create the image with a group. We only showed the participants how to create the orbs one time and only minutes before we set the new world record!

Did you achieve the image on your first exposure or did you have several attempts?
It was the first and only attempt we had. The weather was very cold and some participant weren’t be able to do it a second time. With really cold fingers it was even difficult to use the on/off button..

How long is the exposure for the winning image?
It was a 3149 second exposure.

What was the most difficult part of creating 1000 orbs in a single exposure?
Maintaining the proper distance between all the participants was the most difficult part. The problem was because of the optic lens with an 18mm lens. In front line you had ~40m and after 110 meter you need at least 55 meter. When our friend goes back to the next point after the “turn off” the light command the distance between the participants had to became little more….. And we didn’t use more lines… Michael always checked that the participants had the right distance to their neighbor before the lights were turned back on. That sometimes was not easy, but we all had a lot of fun with it!!!

Then second problem was making all the orbs countable!! We needed long ladder (5 Meter) to get an angle high enough for taking the picture. And last…. also because of the lens. We started with 12 people for 5 rows so that we didn’t lose too much of the best countable space in front of the camera.

Do you have plans to set any more light painting world records?
Good question, we normally never do the same thing two times. We will be happy to congratulate the next winners that will beat us! Different challenge maybe, we will do more light painting for sure!! After we got that nice response from you and JanLeonardo yes we try more and hope to improve but never want to copy!

Thank you very much for taking the time to share some great info on how you accomplished this excellent record, 1000 orbs by hand is just amazing! Great work and thanks again!

Thank you very much Jason and we are really proud that you found and show your interest!!!
Happy Regards and always a full “battery” 🙂

Wolfgang and Michael from Kempten/Allgäu Germany

To check out more work from Wolfgang and Michael you can check out Wolfgang’s Flickr page HERE.