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I decided to do some light painting macro shot. It's not the usual extreme macro, so no insect and such, but just mushrooms that I find really photogenic (they taste great too). They are available at the Korean store near by and they come in the plastic bags (usually not broken into pieces etc.). I set my camera to a manual mode and exposure time to 10 seconds and just illuminated them with a simple pen flash.
Here is the final shot.








Jan 01, 2014 at 04:20 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Macro Light Painting


Awesome photo; great comp and lighting.


Jan 01, 2014 at 04:55 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Macro Light Painting


Wow! Just wow... Composition and lighting are superb. I really can't find anything that I can even nit-pick about. Great shot.


Jan 01, 2014 at 06:22 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Macro Light Painting


That is excellent. I really like it!


Jan 01, 2014 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Macro Light Painting


Beautiful light and textures!


Jan 01, 2014 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Macro Light Painting


Awesome!


Jan 02, 2014 at 02:53 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Macro Light Painting


I can't wait to see some more.

Harold



Jan 02, 2014 at 09:22 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Macro Light Painting


Amazing! Would you please describe the setup for this photo? Are the mushrooms on a glass plate?


Jan 02, 2014 at 10:22 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Macro Light Painting


Wonderful perfect lighting and nice to see something different


Jan 03, 2014 at 12:14 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Macro Light Painting


Yes! Set-up& equipment! J. R.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Macro Light Painting


bykhed wrote:
Amazing! Would you please describe the setup for this photo? Are the mushrooms on a glass plate?


Hey bykhed
Yes, I put them on the glass and under it I put a white cloth normally used for soft boxes. I did this in my room. I used my 100mm macro lens that I set to a manual mode (once I had my focus) and I set it to f/10. I turned the lights off and triggered the shutter. My camera was on a tripod waiting for 10 second for some light to get in. I used a simple pen flash (the one doctors use to illuminate people's retinas to see if they're still alive for example And I got one at Home Depot for a few dollars.) and with my hand kept on going around and around mushrooms I illuminated them until 10 seconds passed. I checked the shot.... If something wasn't right I redid it. You kind of have to play with it. If you leave your flash for too long at one location or you will often illuminating that location when you go around mushrooms, it may get overexposed. But no worries, you can take multiple shots and import them to your PS as layers and replace parts you don't like. Also, remember that white areas of mushrooms (or whatever you choose to light paint) will bounce off light faster and brighter so it'll get exposed faster (or overexposed).
It's a nice experiment, really, because you can understand how this "light thing" and camera's sensor works. Really cool stuff. Here is another one I took with just a simple smoke coming from the incense sticks. But for this shot all was the same except I used strobe to illuminate the smoke (that was hardly visible but became very visible when I turned the lights off in the room and took a shot).
I don't always have a time and money to travel to a nice locations so I kind of try to come up with these crazy home projects to keep on practicing...
Happy New Year.







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Jan 03, 2014 at 01:03 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Macro Light Painting


Wonderful shots ! Thank you for your explanation.

Birdie



Jan 03, 2014 at 02:46 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Macro Light Painting


I really like the lighting. What is a pen flash?


Jan 03, 2014 at 03:20 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Macro Light Painting


My guess, something like this. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00008BFS5


Jan 03, 2014 at 03:25 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Macro Light Painting


kwoodard wrote:
Wow! Just wow... Composition and lighting are superb. I really can't find anything that I can even nit-pick about. Great shot.


+1



Jan 03, 2014 at 04:34 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Macro Light Painting


kwoodard wrote:
My guess, something like this. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00008BFS5


Yes. But the one I've got is more like this



Jan 03, 2014 at 04:57 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Macro Light Painting


excellent images Greg


Jan 03, 2014 at 09:08 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Macro Light Painting


Very nice shot. Love the creativity. Beautiful details.


Jan 08, 2014 at 12:06 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Macro Light Painting


That is a beautiful creation, just love the colors and textures here. Great work with you painting the light!

Karl



Jan 14, 2014 at 01:31 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Macro Light Painting


Fantastic images.


Jan 14, 2014 at 02:59 AM
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