Matt Hill and I got to visit Woodlawn the other night and prep for our workshop next week. There are so many cool sculptures and structures to lightpaint there – that we didn’t want to leave! One of the first rules of light painting is not to “paint” from the same angle as your camera – that creates the most uninteresting light that lacks shadows and depth.
The Reisinger memorial provides a very nice challenge of how to paint. I took a flash with a 3/4 cut CTO gel and stood behind or to a 90 degree angle to each column. This pop of warm light created the dramatic shadow from the center far column and wonderful side or rim light to the others. I was surprised to also see so many stars could be seen – note the vivid start trails that popped here in the city.
There are still a few spots left for next week’s workshop and the moon will not be up while we are shooting so we will have the darkest skies, brightest stars, and a ton of fun things to paint!