Light Painting Photography Contest Winner, February 2017

And the winner for the February 2017 Light Painting Photography Contest themed “Spirograph” is… Chris Bauer for his incredible image above titled “GATEWAY TO THE IMAGINATION”. Normally I would say for this awesome winning image Chris will receive a prize pack filled with treasures from our sponsors listed below, but this time its a little bit different. Chris has decided to gift his prize package to the Del Mar High School Photography Program to help spread his passion for Light Painting Photography! 🙂 Thank you Chris I am sure the kids will all slap you high-fives for your awesome gesture!

Here is how Chris created his winning image!

Single exposure light painting made with two lenses.
Gear Used: Nikon D7000 with Nikon 32mm & 200mm lenses.
Settings: f/8, ISO 100, 405 seconds.

First I set up the second half of the exposure using a 200mm lens with a Pringles can attached to it. I set a plasma ball on it’s side and centered it in the middle of the tube then focused the shot. Take a couple practice shots so you already know how much you want to expose the plasma ball later. 12 seconds is what I had decided on. Remove the lens carefully not to disturb the focus and remove the camera but leave the tripod.

Next I prepare the first part of the exposure using a 32mm lens. Set up a physiogram and aim the camera straight up so the light is in the center of the lens. Next I use a sheet of class and position it above the camera and apply water drops . Next focus on the water drops and not the light on the phsyiogram. Now everything is set and in place. Turn out the lights.

With a pink light writer and the flashlight blinking, I spin the phsyio in an oval 
shape until the rotation slows down the cover the lens. Switch to the blue light writer and spin another oval phsyio in the opposite direction and then cover again. Last spin is done with the white light writer in a big circle. When the white light is complete I cover the lens and shut the flashlight off.

Remove the 32mm lens while the camera is still shooting and carefully replace it 
with the 200mm and Pringles can. Attach to the tripod and plug in the plasma, count 12 seconds, then close the shutter.

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