Picking the brain of Light Painter TCB aka Dana Maltby.
1. What is your name?
2. Do you have an alias that you go by?
Twin Cities Brightest
3. Are you a soloist or are you part of a Light Painting
group? If a group who is in
My roommate is Jake Saari aka Ectro so we
shoot a lot lately, and sometimes a fellow named Mike Greenwell aka 55125. However I
prefer to shoot alone.
4. What education do you have?
Bachelors of fine arts,
Graphic Design from CVA the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota
is your occupation?
Super hero, super villain, space voyager, star child, felon,
6. How long have you been a photographer?
shooting non-stop since three years ago when I learned about light painting.
long have you been light painting?
3 years if you donÕt count the shots I did with
a lighter about 8 years ago.
8. How did you discover Light Painting
On accident, then flickr people were already doing it and I learned a
lot from others, everyone is very nice and helpful.
9. What was your first Light
Film or Digital?
11. Do you believe in aliens?
I am an alien.
12. What is
your standard Light Painting Photography setup?
Camera, tripod, lights, beer.
What is your favorite color?
The red/orange custom white balance shots I
influences your Light Painting Photography work?
Back in the day, Tdub303,
Pooleshooter Cindi, Lapp-pro. Now mostly Ectro, kidÕs crazy good.
15. Who is your
favorite Light Painting Artist?
Eric Staller, Lapp-pro, Ectro
16. What is your
Tie between good chili and stir fry
17. Do you create in any other
mediums other than light painting? If so what are
I used to do the graff and
I have a degree in Graphic Design.
18. What is your favorite Light Painting
Photography image that you have created?
If you knew how much I shoot you would
know thatÕs impossible to answer. How about this, itÕs the image that I did last at
the time of this interview.
19. What is your favorite Light Painting Photography
image of another artist?
20. What is the most
difficult part of Light Painting Photography?
Centering the camera in a perfectly
round tunnel, not getting arrested breaking into buildings.
21. How do you get your
Light Painting Photography work seen?
The interwebs, flickr, facebook but that is
really pissing me off with all the retards on it, and some shows. I donÕt really
care about shows since itÕs basically a waste of time explaining to everyone how you
do light painting. I prefer to take a photo every day instead.
22. Do you sell your
Light Painting Photography work?
24. Where can we see more of your
What is your favorite quote?
Straight out of the camera or die.
26. Who is your
27. What is you favorite activity other than light
Risking my life.
28. Tell me a good light painting story.
me off after being utterly confused as to what the hell IÕm doing.
29. Tell me a
nightmare light painting story.
The spot got locked down.
30. Have you ever been
arrested or ticketed for light painting?
31. What do you say to people
when they see you light painting and they ask Òwhat
the hell are you doingÓ?
32. Where do you find inspiration for your Light Painting
Sci-fi movies, my hatred for everyone who is lazy.
33. Who would you
like to punch?
People who think HDR photos are hot, they are not.
35. Why do you
Because IÕm addicted.
36. What is your favorite time to shoot?
the middle of the day in a tunnel or cave or building basement.
37. What is your
favorite subject to shoot?
Gnarly fucking ruins and forgotten places, the grimier
and more dangerous the better.
39. If you could travel anywhere to Light Paint
where would you go?
The top of the Mayan ruins in 2012 to spin an orb on top of the
temple as the apocalypse strikes.
40. Have you ever invented a Light Painting
Photography tool? If so what was it and
how did it work?
IÕve been a part of a lot
of ground breaking tools, check out my tutorials.
41. Do you ever get sick of
explaining your work to people?
Not when they are hot girls and itÕs making me
42. How many times have you heard the word photoshop when someone
describing or asking about your work?
A lot, and I think a lot of people do use
it. They donÕt use it to create the light, but thatÕs the easy part anyway. If you
couldnÕt get the shot you wanted straight from the camera then realize itÕs
impossible and move on.
43. What makes you happy?
Beer on abandoned building
44. What makes you mad?
Not bringing enough beer, water dripping from
the ceilings of drains into my beer.
45. What part of Light Painting Photography do
you enjoy the most?
Making awesome images.
46. What part of Light Painting
Photography do you hate the most?
Pushing myself way too hard all the time.
you have a website? If yes what is the address?
What is Light Painting Photography?
A long exposure photograph with light movement
or surface painting, It is not strobing, thatÕs why strobing has a different
49. Give me some advice for anyone that might like to try Light
Look at my tutorials and on the flickr group Light
50. Are you scared of the
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