The winner for the “Tree of Light” Light Painting contest is ROM Light Painting for this magical image created in 310 seconds using a variety of creative DIY light painting tools! Here is what Romain had to say about this magical work of art!
I love making light paintings photos paying homage to nature. This is a big part of my works. I find it hard to do without her and I find her beautiful. Trees are very symbolic, they plant their roots deep in the earth, and grow ever higher, towards the sky. They represent life and also allow us to breathe. When I discovered light painting, in 2009, I also discovered the works of Michael Bosanko, who made magnificent images of light painting with trees of light. His photos intrigued me and inspired me a lot. I did many light trees in my works, but one of my better attempts is this one I think. I made this image in the south of France. This day (night), I met Philippe Reyne, a french photographer who lives near this place. He kept me company and we talked a lot at the same time. It was a great night because I made two of my best photos on this evening (joined with the cat near the tree).
Saint Joseph Sanctuary (Roussas – France) Technical details
Gear: Nikon D610, Nikkor 24/85mm F/3.5-4.5,tripod, IR remote
Camera Settings: F/7.1 ISO400
Exposure Time: 310 Seconds With a cold white balance.
Light Painting Tools:
For this photo I used different kind of lights: – To draw the tree: I used a white cold cathode tool (DIY). It’s a great tool that I use often but it is very brittle. I regularly change the cathode because I broke it regularly. You can do a similar light effect with a methacrylate (plexiglass) tube, but maybe less fine in the drawing.
I quickly turn the light on and off multiple time drawing in the same time. At first the roots, then the body, then branches. My body help me to know where and what part I draw.
– Greenery: Green laser with methacrylate (plexiglas) tip (DIY). Here again I turn on and off multiple times and move (fastly) at the same time into the part of light branches.
– Halo: EL Wire
– Little points or traits: Little keychain led
– Points on the ground: Light garland. I change it position and turn on and off multiple times.
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