Flood Light (All In Camera Tilt Shift Light Painting), Wareham

After around a year's agonising research, I've finally invested in the Canon TS-E 24mm. Whilst the 24mm end of my 24-105mm zoom was wide enough for me, it's just not sharp enough for what I want to shoot. Tempting as it was to go wider and get something like the Zeiss 21mm, the image circle of the TS-E is so vast (to accommodate all that shifting) that if you choose not to tilt or shift, you get a superbly sharp result. So far in the field, so good. It's a thing of beauty.

 

I'm also looking forward to deploying the tilt (or swing, as above) features to drop out elements of backgrounds in light paintings.

 

This is my first attempt at it - I wanted the girl and gate and blades of grass in the flood water, but didn't need the distraction of a forensically sharp set of houses and a petrol station behind her.

 

I'm sure I'll get even more mail about processing, which my light paintings attract anyway! I'd forgive anyone for mistaking this shot for lots of Photoshop, but all I've done is drop in the reflected street lamp from a still image - with me wading up to the gate, etc. there were just too many ripples and the reflection stretched out of the bottom of the frame.

 

Looking at it now I think it might still need some WB tweaks - it's a little orange, but the 5D MKiii doesn't get on with deep blue skies, and too much WB adjustment can cause banding.

 

Anyway - I hope people like it and can forgive my slow catch up time at the moment. Have a great week!

  • Steve-h PRO 1y

    This is an amazing piece of work.....and most interesting words too! Your light painting is superb !
  • Judith Taylor PRO 1y

    Great title and great image, and congratulations on achieving your goals, Matt. I like all the intersecting diagonals and triangles, and the beautiful blur all around the main subject.
  • André PRO 1y

    Great title, wonderfully creative and congrats on the TS 24, I have only heard good things about it and I'm sure it will give you lots of brilliant images like this one :))
  • Paul Quinn 1y

    Awesome tilt-and-shift work Matthew! Congratulations on your new lens!
  • Anup PRO 1y

    nice creative composition with superb title, Matthew...terrific lights
  • JP Leclerc PRO 1y

    oh ! the same girl... she travels everywhere... You master well this girl's drawing !
  • Christian Weidinger 1y

    Great picture. Beautiful creative work. Nice day.
  • Laure PRO 1y

    Love the trips of that little girl !
    Beautiful creation once again, love the reflection, the framing, the light... Great :
  • Kenneth Cox PRO 1y

    I am amazed at your light-painting technique, and look forward to seeing further images with your new lens.
  • Anna Theodora PRO 1y

    so coool! :D really nice capture
  • Jacob Edmiston PRO 1y

    This is perfect and amazing!
  • Dan Anderson. PRO 1y

    Now that's cool - love the reflection
  • Ania.Photography - OFF PRO 1y

    How creative is this dear Matthew, the light, the colors, the mood, the imaginary girl...all works together beautifully.
  • j. javier 1y

    Seeing the way the direct ligth is registrated, there is no doubt is a great lenses. And she looks pretty like as always ;-))
    This blue on the sky is great too!
  • Laura DelPrato 1y

    wonderful!!
  • Stoff74 1y

    This is experimental LP now! Love the idea.. Great shot! ;)
  • Anguskirk PRO 1y

    Funny and clever
  • D E R E K C O U L L | P H O T O 6mo

    Really cool and genius :-)
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Taken on February 15, 2014
  • TS-E24mm f/3.5L II
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