Lead Jammer

It seemed like it was time to include a Zebra in one of these images, so here is Commander Bond jam reffing for Meg 4 Mercy. Studio assistance, and possibly revenge, by Glasgow Roller Girls teammates Fighting Torque and Love Hurts. Thanks particularly to Meg for holding that pose for *so* long. You’re a star; that’s why you have that star on your helmet panty so often.

4 Comments on “Lead Jammer

  1. Let me try to understand this. The skaters skates to a spot while the ambient lights are off and only the EL wire is on. During this time you take a photo as slow exposure my guess is 5-10 seconds there about. Then what happens? You look at the exposed photo and determine where the skater should pose. And take another photo but this time paint the skater with a flash light for another 10 seconds. Is the double exposure merged in camera, or in post? Have you tried using a flash set to second curtain instead?

    • Pete,

      It’s all done in camera as a single exposure light painting. Movement with the lights off creates the EL wire trails and then the figures are painted into the image with a flashlight. I don’t think it would be possible to get everything to register with multiple exposures. I don’t know if second curtain flash would work; I suspect the differences in light levels and colour balance would be a problem.


  2. Hi,
    This photo is amazing! I am new to light painting and was wondering how you got a moving subject to photograph crystal clear. I have had great difficulty getting a person in focus, even when they’re standing still.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Again, great work!

    • Thanks Tim, The simple answer is that they’re not moving when they’re lit into the image. They move to leave the light trails, but for the final figure images they take a static pose. If lit quickly enough the appear reasonably sharp.

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