• Not a vast number, I imagine due to the proximity to urban light, but there are some nice star trails here.
  • The one line I'd change!
  • Think you can just about see me here!
  • Wind really picked up on this tree - think it might have been cleaner without it, but there we go!
  • <3<3<3 - MaJeD Engawi
  • Love this part! - pablomendo
  • in thumbnail, i thought these were skeleton heads....made me think of the Day of the Dead celebrations - nikkiluvssf
  • Together forever - Saby Sark
  • ? - Xhiersong

Love At First Light (Light Painting), Kent

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First attempt at light painting having invested £19 in a remote shutter release. I took five or six attempts to get the man worked out, using a basic flashlight/torch, dressed in navy and thoroughly hooded. This was my first attempt at the couple and the hearts. I'm delighted with it! Lots more long exposure work to come.

It was taken around 2:00am last night in Loose valley just above the village. The scene is lit across the grass with light from a bright moon, with fluorescent light from Maidstone on the horizon, which is tweaked only with the camera's WB. I cropped slightly in from the left as a third heart had strayed half off frame, and gave a minor boost to vibrancy and blacks. Lightroom 3 did a great job with noise reduction - a fair number of random (single) bright green/red/blue pixels from the long exposure were pruned without hassle.

Details: 229 seconds ¦ f/8.0 ¦ ISO 100.

Thanks for viewing! To see my second light painting of reindeer please see Light Harted.

Update: Explored #14 and front page! Many thanks to everyone who has commented, fav'ed and viewed. I massively appreciate the attention and insights offered, and will be working through everyone individually as soon as I have a chance. Thanks to all!


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  1. Stoyan Danin 45 months ago | reply

    Ah, this is wonderfull!

  2. sockerplinga 45 months ago | reply

    Wow! Its so cool! Need to try that some time too! But not as advanced :P

  3. mr_rax 45 months ago | reply

    That is a great photo. Very good work and I can only imagine how hard it was to make everything appear where it was intended to be. Congratulations!

  4. Tobias Hayashi Photography 44 months ago | reply

    Very creative, nicely done.

  5. PaPeR.cLiP 44 months ago | reply

    Wow!! This is really cool! Thanks for the description -- I plan on trying this some day. You did a terrific job!

  6. Eng-ta 43 months ago | reply

    Amazing works!

  7. Angela@ 43 months ago | reply

    Great work

  8. Fulanita deTal 42 months ago | reply

    woooooow! fantastico! como se llama el efecto usado para la foto?

  9. TomQH 41 months ago | reply

    Absolutely love the position the couple are in. perfectly captured mood!

  10. Bohsung Photography 39 months ago | reply

    Wow thats really awesome

  11. Teeppix 39 months ago | reply

    For a first attempt, I wanna say : Bravo !

  12. S. Gabriela 39 months ago | reply

    This is so cute ;D well done!

  13. erhoopster 28 months ago | reply

    Very nice job on your first try. I've never done light painting. I have to say you may have inspired me to finally get out there and do some!

  14. Shwetabh Sameer 27 months ago | reply

    wow, this is amazing :)

  15. JoeCow 22 months ago | reply

    Great job

  16. opontes 19 months ago | reply

    great job!

  17. Poupetta aka Ann 6 months ago | reply

    This was made four years ago. It is timeless, Matthew, as wonderful now as back then.
    Some things remain forever beautiful :-)

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