And the winner for the Eric Paré and Kim Henry style TUBE Light Painting Contest is Brian Rodriguez for this simply beautiful image that he created in the Valley of Fire just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada! Here is how Brian created his winning light painting!
“So for this shoot, the model and I drove 1 hour outside of Las Vegas to Valley of Fire. It was our first time working together and I had plenty of time during the drive to let her know what we wete going for. Despite getting there after sunset (women and their makeup/hairdos) and exploring in the dark while having bats fly in and out of our nearby view, we found a promising spot that combined the moon. Our first angle was not the one you see in the picture, it was more from a sideways view. The exposure didn’t take many tries to achieve correctly, the challenge was the fact that we were on an incline (at this time we also had clear skies).
I kept coming out accidentally in some pictures, or my model kept losing balance one way or another due to the slope of the hill. Not only that, but I had to squat down behind her as I raised my arm high enough due the light circle which, I learned, is quite challenging and uncomfortable also due to the slope. As the night progressed, we changed angles to the one you see from my entry.
The funny thing about our winning shot was that it was very improvised. We saw a storm approaching, with lightning visible a few miles away and I told my model “lets get a handful of good shots in before this storm kicks us out” (mind you, a storm in Valley of Fire can easily cause a mud slide). Clouds started soaring in. Because our backs were towards the sky, the moon and the clouds, we did not know we had such explosive clouds above us as we took this picture. After we took the shots, we picked everything up and rushed to my car before we could get stranded by the storm. I proceeded to speed out. It wasn’t until 1 hour later where I reviewed the pictures and saw this shot was gold!”
600 lumens zoomable flashlight inside a T12 tube with parchment paper.
14mm f2.8 Rokinon lens
Check out more of Brian’s beautiful light painting work on his Instagram account HERE! For this winning image Brian will receive a pize package filled with illuminating tools from our sponsors below. For your chance to win click here to see the next Light Painting Contest Theme and how to enter.
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