The winner for the transportation themed Light Painting Photography Contest for July 2019 is… Jordi Radok for the above image titled Ghost Rider! Here is what Jordi had to say about the winning image!
“It’s been almost a year since we had this photo in a list of photos to do with light painting. We had not been given the opportunity, or so we thought. When we saw the theme of the Light Painting Photography contest I immediately thought about this photo, but time passed, and in the last week before the deadline we started asking friends if they knew someone with a motorcycle that we could use. In the end we got to create the photo in a custom motorcycle workshop! We shot it during their work time so we had to work as fast as possible, because they were working! We took a model mechanic and we did some tests, until we found a picture that seemed correct. The surprise was when we put it on the computer screen, the “model” had not been staying still, so the photo was horrible. Only half a skull and dark shadows were seen around the body, we had to discard the photo, and there were only two days left until the deadline…”
“The next day I remembered that my brother had a couple of old bikes to repair in a small garage. We got down to work… We cleared a little space, put aside all the tools and took one of the bikes, lined the most visible parts with black vinyl because it was originally white, we put a small skull over the fairing and prepared the tripod and camera with an angular optic and a low-angle plane. Almost without looking for it we realized that with a roof very low the roof lines gave us a very interesting perspective, and we started playing. We tried the photo the day before we had internalized the process, Eva put on the Ghost rider kit – mask, leather jacket and chains and rode on top of the bike.”
“The first thing that I did was to illuminate Eva and the bike with a warm Minimaglite lantern. Once illuminated I started with the fire effect, which is made with a black fiber optic and a Thorfire tk15s flashlight at full power with an orange gel.”
“I focused more on the front wheel and above the head, then I did a little light against the ground with the same flashlight at half power. Finally we used a bit of smoke to create atmosphere and made a very soft contra light directly from Ghost rider, which was like a statue !! This image we repeated 6 times, but when we put the last photo on the big screen we looked at each other and a huge smile came out to us both, we had just got the photo that we had imagined.”
301″ Second Exposure
For this winning Jordi will receive a prize package filled with light painting tools from our sponsors COAST Flashlights, and Light Painting Brushes ! Please support these awesome companies that support our light painting art from, without them this contest series would not be possible!
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