The winner for the June 2017 Light Painting Photography Contest themed “Light Drawing” is… Mario Lechu, a.k.a. (Le2) for the above image with incredibly placed light drawings entitled CATS. Here is how Mario created his winning image.
The settings for this shot were:
360 second exposure
Canon Eos 1000d (Eos Rebel XS in USA and Canada)
Remote shutter and tripod
2:1 panoramic crop
“One really warm night, in the middle of a heat wave we had some weeks ago in Spain, I decided to go to the rooftop of the building where I live to light paint something.
The rooftop is a cool place because I am alone, nobody disturbs me and I can do whatever I want without problems. I love painting with people but this time, I worked alone. After thinking for a bit what I could light paint, I decided to draw some cats. Why cats? Because, in my opinion, they can be well combined with the background of the city where all the lights are shinning and, also, they are easy to draw. I’m not very good at freehand drawing and this is why I decided to draw simple animals, sitting down, walking, etc…
I began to practice how draw them in different positions. I thought about using different colour for each cat too. After practicing for a bit I took some test shots to calculate the proper exposure time. When it was calculated, I pressed the remote shutter to start the shot. The total exposure time for the final image was 6 minutes. After 3 attempts I had the picture I wanted. The shot finished and all cats were where I wanted them to be, the light was good enough and it was not too overexposed.
I smiled a lot when I looked at the camera display. I enjoyed drawing them, for me it’s all about having fun when I light paint. The cats also fit very well with the rest of the picture and I loved it at first sight.
The tool I used to draw them is the freehand rgb pen from Herramientas Light Painting. It is a really useful tool which allows you to quickly change between colours. It is not too big so you can use it very easily.
Remember! Let’s have fun when light painting and meooow!!!!”
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