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Summoning Spirits of PathFinder

The Wahy'a (Cherokee for Wolf). Many Native Americans referred to this beautiful creature as The PathFinder or Teacher. A true survivor, it is admired for its courage, intelligence, and strength. It was a great honor to carry the power of the wolf within many tribes.


I have always loved Native American art so I have decided to work on a series of Light Paintings dedicated to this unique and beautiful art form. This particular shot has been in planning for many months as I gathered items that I would need for it and thought about how I would make it happen. I spent most of the day today finishing up the costume for my future daughter-in-law (Lauren) and getting the final items gathered to do the shot this evening. It took a few takes but we finally ended up with what I have had in my mind all this time! :-) Thanks Lauren for putting up with some of my crazy ideas! :-)


The wolf stencil was shot first and then an SB-900 was used at 1/2 power with and orange gel from above the fire pointed at the subject to get the glow of the "fire" on her. The fire was created with Orange LED Lights then dark blue EL Wire was used to create the "Smoke". The lighter blue streaks were created with the Light Brush and a blue LED Key Light. Orange and Yellow LED Key lights were use to create the embers or stars flying above the fire.


Light Painting - Single Exposure

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Taken on August 20, 2011