35mm Light-paintings

Location: Southwestern US

Title: Reflecting on a Sad Memory // Location: Joshua Tree, CA

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I've recently developed a roll of 35mm which I brought with me on a trip through the Southwestern US and some areas of the California Coast. 

I often keep a camera loaded with a roll of Portra 400 ISO in my bag and take it out on just the right occasions. It costs a few dollars per image just to get this thing developed and scanned, so I'm a bit conservative when it comes to shooting.

Usually, I take the 36 images per roll over a few months and by the time I actually fill it with long exposures, I've forgotten most of what I had captured to begin with. I like the surprise of it all, and you truly have no idea what you've captured for months. It's a very un-attached way of capturing images, and as I've mentioned before, the negatives for film do not lie in the way that digital photographs can (ie: photoshopping).

For this roll, it worked out very well. I'll tally this up to beginner's luck due to my first time shooting with the late 70's era Canon A-1 and it's 50mm lens, which produced some interesting reflections with the LED light entering and bouncing out of the camera. Overall, I really like the aesthetic and it brings a more organic feel to the media. The colors seem to seep into other tones and it gives the content another layer of character.

Title: Amethyst Dinosaur // Location: Dead Horse Point, UT

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For the shot above I mixed it up a bit and used a small Amethyst crystal that we bought at a rock shop in Moab, Utah in place of a color-tip for my Night-Writer. It had some strange and unintended color-effects on the landscape, taking blue hour straight into purple hour! The view at Dead Horse Point close to the entrance to Canyonlands National Park was an incredible backdrop to see in person, inspiring for sure!

Title: Endless Grind // Location: Monument Valley, UT

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I saw that handrail leading into the valley and couldn't get this image of a skateboarding skeleton grinding it out of my head.

The last rays of light were hitting the rail in an interesting way, highlighting the metal edge all the way into the distance through twists, turns, and kinks. Toward the end of the rail it looks like the material turns into a car's light and continues toward infinity. I felt like it was a good metaphor for riding out life's twists, turns, and kinks. 

Title: Best Buds // Location: Joshua Tree, CA

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Title: Goblin Slayer // Location: Goblin Valley, UT

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Title: False Kiva Hot Tub // Location: Canyonlands, UT

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Title: Rainbow Tree // Location: Angeles Crest, CA

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Title: Raven Rooster Mockingbird // Location: Santa Barbara, CA

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Title: Sharing a View // Location: Bryce Canyon, UT

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Title: Tree of Light (35mm) // Location: Santa Barbara, CA

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Title: Goombasaurus // Location: Valley of Fire, NV

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Thanks for viewing! If you'd like to check out more film light-paintings, you can see my entire film collection right here.

Wild West

Location: Pioneertown, CA

Out in the desert sits a dusty old film set from the 1940's called Pioneer town near Joshua Tree, CA. Here is where Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and some of the old west film stars made television shows and films.

It's a fun place to visit and there's a great honky tonk bar and BBQ down the street called Pappy and Harriet's

I used a blue and pink tipped Night-Writer for the skeleton and a gelled red high-power LED light for the outhouse interior.

Watch out for Joshua Trees around the town, I nailed my head on one of those branches while light-painting this minecart. Luckily, I was wearing a Bronson Beanie and it wasn't as bad as it would have been otherwise - those trees are prickly!

For more light-skeleton madness, check out the Gallery below:

Last Flight to Ipanema

Location: Sunken City - San Pedro / Settings: (Hacked Holga) ~ 150sec exposure on ISO 400 film

For this roll of film, I wasn't sure if any of the shots I attempted would come out - it was the first time I had used a Holga camera and I wasn't aware of how the focusing worked, how flares would look or even what iso the film was.. I got the camera w 3 shots taken already and just sort of took it on a whim - glad to see some of them work out!

Reaching Out

Location: Sunken City - San Pedro / Settings: (Hacked Holga to shoot long exposure) ~ 200sec exposure on ISO 400 film.

It's not often that I spend more money on developing film than buying the camera, but that was the case with this Holga 120 cam I used to create this image.

This was the riskiest shot I took that night - after viewing the frame, I thought the cliffside peak would be the best spot for my character but soon realized how sketchy it was as I was climbing the brittle structure hanging about 80ft over the rocky shore below. I like how both a helicopter and a ship are visible on the horizon and you can scarcely see my shadow behind the skeleton figure.