Red, Light, and Blue

Location: Los Padres National Forest, CA

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Here's my rendition of the American Flag done with light-painting shortly after sunset, to view large click here.

Camera Settings: 94 seconds / ISO 250 / F 7.1

I used this rusty barbed-wire gate as a template of sorts, it took a few tries to get it right. You can see what I mean in animated .gif below. At first, my Night-Writer light was not bright enough to compete with the recent sunset, but over time it dimmed and I was able to get something I liked. 

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For this image I used a newly designed 'Pyramid' color-tip. This custom design was Red, White, and Blue for July 4th. America's 'Independence Day'.

For each color in the flag, I rotated this new tip design at a slightly different angle toward the camera lens. I experimented with different speeds of light-drawing also, at first I would move in slow motion with the light, toward the end I began speeding up to balance the light-drawing brightness with the environment. You can see some of the stars come out illustrating how dark it became toward the end of the animated .gif (above).

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Astrobandit and I watched the fireworks in Ventura, CA this year. I wasn't feeling the idea of lugging around a tripod and camera gear, so I opted to use my phone as the camera of choice for this particular occasion.

Here are some images I took of the fireworks using an 'iPhone 7 Plus' and NightCap Pro App. I held the phone steady on my knee (in place of a tripod) for a second or so while the camera captured colorful streaks of each big bang!

The colors aren't perfect, as you can see in way the sensor picks up red colors, but overall I thought 'not bad' for a little pocket camera!

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Quick collab post I did a while back with UK photographer Dan Whitaker. Thought it was appropriate today! Here's a link to the unedited version of this photo - I took certain liberties to fill in the wave :)

Dan Whitaker used a digital light-wand to create the waves here back in 2013. This was a few years before the pixel-stick came out, and Dan had used Michael Ross's tutorial to help him create it.

Texas-based photographer/light-artist Michael Ross was the original inventor to this tech, it's crazy to see his idea so wide-spread these days! I think people should know that he was the original inventor of this tech tool.

Happy Independence Day!