American Ride

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    Does this truck look vaguely familiar? Yep, this is the same truck I painted green (two uploads ago). One of the many aspects of light painting that I enjoy is how you can change the essential appearance of something . In this case, I used a red gel and a blue gel to paint the exterior, using a stinger flashlight. I then painted the interior with no gel, and then took out my SB600 strobe and flashed it a couple of times while I stood behind the door, in order to create some shadow-play.

    Miguel, Mike, and I had a lot of fun with this truck, and I promise this to be the last image of it to be uploaded here…. unless I go back and do something completely mind blowing.

    I named this American Ride because of the red, white and blue colors I used. The other truth is that I've been thinking a lot about what this country means to me, and the helpless feeling I get while watching the political process go on and short change the general public these days. I won't bore y'all with more details, but I just wanted to say that I spend a lot of time worrying about the gradual loss of freedoms and what sort of country my daughters will inherit.



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    1. mikeSF_ 27 months ago | reply

      wow, nice job using the door as a cookie! this truck got a real workout that night.

    2. JD's Photography 27 months ago | reply

      Great processing.. and the stars, wow!

    3. Bill Taylor Photography 27 months ago | reply

      Very cool! Good job of light painting.

    4. wo1vesrx 27 months ago | reply

      Very patriotic! I love this work. I still need to try this myself sometime.

    5. cnmark 27 months ago | reply

      Impressive image!

    6. Edwinjones 27 months ago | reply

      Great colors and lighting

    7. Kenneth Enstad 27 months ago | reply

      Well done ! Have a nice day :-)

    8. Pervez 183A 27 months ago | reply

      oh wow..magical...another beautiful nnight journey !!...go you guys take hip flasks???

    9. msdonnalee 27 months ago | reply

      my intro to light painting. gotta get more info on this technique. this is marvelous!!

    10. C A Soukup 27 months ago | reply

      That is one cool scene.

    11. artland 27 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot!
      You are invited to post it to:


    12. SkyKing and Queenie 27 months ago | reply

      What a kick in the pants. You are having too much fun!!

    13. LEFTY598 [deleted] 27 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot!

      Seen at the group:

    14. Domenico Di Cola 27 months ago | reply

      great idea and fantastic result !

    15. Steve Rosset 27 months ago | reply

      Great concept - very interesting.

    16. Kyo PR 27 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot! great concept ;-)

    17. idashum 27 months ago | reply

      Great light painting and execution, Matt!

    18. mikeSF_ 27 months ago | reply

      i think i see skeletal remains on the seat.

    19. Matt Granz Photography 27 months ago | reply

      It's Mr. McGregor, the auto shop teacher… I was wondering where he's been!

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