Painting With Light

This is one of my favorite methods of creating an image.   Very literally, you paint your subject with light using any one of countless illuminating tools: flashlights of varying size, strobe units, speed lights,  modified LEDs, etc.  Anything that can cast or shine light is an option.

The post-processing is rather intensive with some images having as many as hundreds of layers.  Most of these here are not that deep, but they still can take hours or days to edit.

Jazz Guitar

Jazz Guitar

Still learning, this is my second attempt at Painting With Light. My brother, Dave, an accomplished musician, let me borrow one of his guitars to experiment with.

Underwood 2

Underwood 2

One of my favorite images using this method. The Underwood was given to me a few years back, and sat in a closet for most of that time. Then, last year, after I "discovered" the Painting With Light technique, I pulled it out, cleaned it up (a little)(I wanted it to still have a used look) and started photographing. A couple compositions later, this is what I came up with. Still ready to bring some magic to the page.

Stumpf Fiddle in Menefee

Stumpf Fiddle in Menefee

A good friend of mine, Walt Noon, was asked if he could make a good ol' fashion Stumpf Fiddle. Being Walt, he said, "Sure!" Then went about learning what a Stumpf Fiddle was. After he was done, he asked me if I wanted to take a few images of it. Still learning the technique of Painting With Light, I said, "Sure!" I believe this was my third attempt with the process.

Antique on Judson

Antique on Judson

I was ready to try "painting" a larger subject. Entertainer, Walt Noon, who has children who play soccer, said he knew of a "cool car" just down the street from the field where they played. Walt and I shot this while his oldest son, Mackenzie, watched for traffic so we could keep the location as dark as possible.