• Brought in with Metz AF-48 flash.
  • Drawn with LED torch.
  • fabulous light! - Le***Refs *PHOTOGRAPHIE*
  • the sky is amazing!
    i love the stars' trail!:) - a l e x a ♡
  • Removed a couple of stray brambles here to keep the line of gorse a little more consistent.

Being In The Universe (White Witch Light Painting), Dorset

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All in camera, single (1208 second) exposure light painting using flashlight/LED torch to draw the lines and create the flare. A little processing on the hem of her skirt to tidy things up, as her legs were slightly too high. The gorse flowers are brought in with three zaps of a Metz AF-48 at (probably slight too) close range. I got a little lucky with the flare, positioning itself just in her gaze.

I've not had as much time recently for light painting, as the plans I have sketched are pretty ambitious and each exposure (a.k.a. roll of the dice) is a twenty minute affair. Since I don't have time/patience for a 365, I thought I'd do a series of light paintings using a witch and AD&D spells as inspiration - drawing a spell name from a hat, then trying to a light painting of the witch casting it.

This was a set of sighting shots to get the witch character sketched, but I really liked the flare and star trails, so I thought I'd post it as a starter to the series. The title is an expression from Lang Lang - the Chinese classical pianist - to describe what it felt like to play at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. It just seemed appropriate, with the witch weaving a spell from cosmic forces, as the stars swirled above.

The witch (and we're thinking strega or wiccan rather than Macbeth or Wicked) is wandering on the hill to the west of Corfe Castle. I've got some pictures facing the other way too, for posting at a later date, with the castle. Thanks to everyone who looked at and commented on my last picture - as noted in that one, I've been away, and am catching up with everyone now!


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  1. JoGo... 36 months ago | reply

    Wow, this is absolutely awesome! I can't even imagine the patience that goes into a shot like this, and those stars in the background look like heaps of amazing shooting stars...brilliant!

  2. DanielKHC 36 months ago | reply

    Very creative light painting!

  3. ~ jules ~ 36 months ago | reply

    WOW... this is just lovely. Great light drawing, this is done wonderfully well with great style. Love it.

  4. André Pipa 36 months ago | reply

    Oh man, this is so cool

  5. Ayman Alnajem 36 months ago | reply

    Wow, amzing shot with a lovely sky

  6. gbrummett 36 months ago | reply

    Sooooo cute and original!

  7. Popeyee 36 months ago | reply

    excellent work Mathew.

  8. Ferdousi. 36 months ago | reply

    very lovely !! =)

  9. zJMac 36 months ago | reply

    ....and well worth the time taken!

  10. Haider Λli 36 months ago | reply

    I am so inspired.
    No words.
    An excellent, probably the best one.

  11. Peter Ribbeck 36 months ago | reply

    This is very good!
    I must try it at some point

  12. Bree Bailey 35 months ago | reply

    Wow.....you're awesome.

  13. k4♥wea 34 months ago | reply

    Fabulous light painting,you really do these well. Love the star trails too :-)

  14. H.Young 28 months ago | reply

    hey, i know how to light paint and stuff, but how do you make your stick figures/figures perfect everytime i do it there body ends up in there head :)

  15. robbies2wheels 19 months ago | reply

    Super skill involved in this one... You've done a great job- looks fantastic..

  16. Nanel4 14 months ago | reply

    The best of the serie, in my opinion. Such poetry!

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