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refried_confusion
10-30-2003, 04:22 AM
I bought myself a laser pointer the other day - partly because I find myself giving more and more presentations at work, and partly because I found a competition to win a Canon 300D on the subject of "light" and thought I could get some cool photographic effects using a laser.

The pointer arrived yesterday and I immediately set to work playing around with it. I'd love to know what you think of these initial experiments. Which do you like the best?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2003/23170-Img_2115.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2003/23170-Img_2117.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2003/23170-Img_2124.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2003/23170-Img_2126.jpg

haggis63
10-30-2003, 05:50 AM
Interesting idea and no doubt lots of fun but if you wan't honesty, they don't do a lot for me as images. That's just my opinion of course. I think you need something/someone in the image.

Alan

katcocat
10-30-2003, 06:22 AM
Looks like you could have loads of fun with this. Does it just show a red light, or can you get different colours. (Never seen a laser pointer so very ignorant on the subject:D ) Also, what are you using it against, and what would happen if you shone it through glass? Can't wait to see the experiment progress, and hope you win the Canon 300D.
Kate.

refried_confusion
10-30-2003, 06:43 AM
Alan, honesty is always best! I agree with you that something else is needed to add interest to the shots. I was only playing around for half an hour and need to plan something abit more exciting - try out different techniques and subjects.

Kate - the laser is red only, you can get green lasers (for ten times the price :( ) or blue ones (for 100 times the price :eek: ), but as far as I know you can't get multi-coloured ones.

I've found that I have to move the laser around pretty slowly in order for it to register on the camera (a canon A40), and use an exposure of 15 seconds, which is why you don't see anything of the underlying object - my bedside lamp...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2003/23170-Img_2103.jpg

Rich
10-30-2003, 05:11 PM
A good experiment.

I am thinking the light pen moving in the shape of a tornado and have someone standing in the center of it. When done tracing with the light pen, fire a flash at 1/4 power to have the persons image recorded on film.

sherloc
10-30-2003, 10:43 PM
grea idea Rich. and add a fan blowing on the person so it looks like they are being blown by the wind.

ninja-librarian
11-02-2003, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by Rich
A good experiment.

I am thinking the light pen moving in the shape of a tornado and have someone standing in the center of it. When done tracing with the light pen, fire a flash at 1/4 power to have the persons image recorded on film.

Great minds, Rich! One of my favorite photos is of Picasso "drawing" one of his abstract bulls with a small flashlight while the camera aperture is open, then on the last downstroke of the drawing, he used the flash. It's a great B&W picture of both him and the bull of light.

Bobby D
11-02-2003, 07:07 PM
I have to agree that these initial experiments are lacking in substance but as subsequent replies have indicated there is tremedous scope to progress with this idea. Look forward to seeing further experiments.

refried_confusion
11-03-2003, 07:16 AM
Thank you all for your ideas. The low level flash idea sounds interesting. I don't think I can do a delayed flash with my digital, but I have a separate flash unit I can fire off manually. I'll be exploring the possibilities more over the coming week and will be sure to post up the results.

ninja - do you happen to have a picture of the Picasso you're talking about?

drapier
11-03-2003, 07:45 AM
[i]

ninja - do you happen to have a picture of the Picasso you're talking about? [/B]

I think this is the one
http://www.mediasoft.it/fotografia/pages/foto_disegnoluce.htm

Maybe I'll do some experimenting myself

ninja-librarian
11-03-2003, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by drapier


I think this is the one
http://www.mediasoft.it/fotografia/pages/foto_disegnoluce.htm

Maybe I'll do some experimenting myself

Yep! That's the one! I used to have it in a photography book from college, but I don't think I have that book anymore. I did a cursory glance around and didn't see it.

refried_confusion
11-04-2003, 03:56 PM
:) I've been having fun with this!

The other night I had another go at this "painting with light" malarky. This time I experimented with a slightly more interesting subject than a lampshade - my wife! She was very patient with me, sitting still in the dark whilst I waved a laser over her (I have posed for her pastel work in the past so she was returning the favour). Here's what I came up with...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2003/23170-body1.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2003/23170-body2.jpg

Unfortunately the laser light is just not powerful enough to register unless it is moved about reasonably slowly, and combined with the fact that my camera only supports a maximum 15 sec exposure meant I was limited in what I could achieve.

I decided it was time to get a more powerful light source....

refried_confusion
11-04-2003, 04:01 PM
... so tonight, armed with my new flash light and inspired by ninja, drapier and Picasso, I knocked out the following...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2003/23170-bull1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2003/23170-bull2.jpg

as you can see, I'm starting to enjoy myself :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2003/23170-bull3.jpg

and finally, courtesy of Pilan in the image library ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2003/23170-ole.jpg

Rich
11-04-2003, 04:20 PM
Heady Stuff!! Cool!!!

ninja-librarian
11-06-2003, 10:27 AM
Cool stuff with the flashlight! :clap:

Raindrop
11-06-2003, 11:53 AM
Now that's becoming interesting! :clap: :clap: :clap:

drapier
11-06-2003, 09:08 PM
I Love WC for it expanding an idea.
By far the image I like the most is the one that includes (the holder of the light). You?

moore hill graphics
11-07-2003, 12:10 AM
This is a neat thread! I'm impressed with your "drawing" with the flashlight, Paul, not to mention your steady hand! 15 seconds is a LONG exposure time for a digital, isn't it? I doubt that the fuji could do it, but I'll look it up in the book of words....

geckonia
11-09-2003, 12:10 PM
I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!!

I'm with Mike... the one with you in it ROCKS!!!!!

I have a little blue laser on my keychain.... wasn't expensive at all. I used it to "paint" the outside of the house the other night while I took a long exposure. humm.....next I was going to run around the yard with the light, but now you've given me some more ideas and tips to consider.... Thank you!

refried_confusion
11-10-2003, 03:29 AM
Wow, thanks everyone for your comments. It sure was a lot of fun taking them, although I did feel a bit silly at times - prancing about in the shed waving a flashlight around. The neighbours must have thought I'd taken up a strange form of modern dance.

Mike - That strange startled looking creature lurking in the shadows is indeed me. I didn't have a suitable flash handy so I turned the torch on me for the last few seconds of the exposure - looks like I narrowly avoided getting trampled! :D

Veronica - if only my hands were that steady when holding the camera! In fact, I was pretty surprised how smoothly the light trail came out. I sketched out the shape on paper and practiced it a couple of times. It came out roughly how I imagined, not as intricate as Picasso's efforts but I think it's still recognisable.

Anne - light painting is fun fun fun! I'd love to see what you come up with.

moomiji
11-11-2003, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by refried_confusion
. . . have to move the laser around pretty slowly in order for it to register on the camera (a canon A40), and use an exposure of 15 seconds, which is why you don't see anything of the underlying object - my bedside lamp...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2003/23170-Img_2103.jpg

I love the lamp photo w/o light. Very mysterious and humorous,
or humourous, depending on where you are.
~~~:D ~~~