Light Painting is a fun way of bringing out a different look in things. First thing that you need is a room that is totally dark. For this picture I used a black cloth background. Using my Canon 5D Mark II set on Bulb mode with an aperture of F32 and an ISO 0f 100, I kept the shutter open for 13 sec. My lens was a Canon 180mm macro. The camera was mounted to a tripod and I pre-focused on the flowers and then set the focus to manual. Using a shutter release cable with the room lights off I opened the shutter and then turned on a flash light and fairly quickly moved it over the flowers only in the areas that I wanted to show up in the final photo. Turn flashing light off, close shutter, and then turn lights on.
Another Light Painting. This time I used a mounted Merganser duck that I had against a black cloth background. Same technique as above only difference was the lens. I used a Canon 24-105mm lens with my shutter only open long enough to do my light painting.
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