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Love Wins (Obergefell v. Hodges)

By Dan on June 26, 2015 8:06 AM

Thanks to the team that assembled quickly last night to help me pull off this image!  This image celebrates the court decision that welcomes in marriage equality to the United States.  The name of the piece is “Love Wins (Obergefell v. Hodges)”.  All proceeds from print sales of this piece will be donated to LGBT causes.  Click on the image to view the image page and the green Buy Print link at the top.

Here are the tools used to create this shot:

Skytalks 2015 Artwork

By Dan on June 13, 2015 11:01 AM

 Last night I had the chance to shoot a fun shot for the Skytalks 2015 artwork.  303 coughed up contributors such as Mar (model), Night Music (Marc, Erin, Chad, Don doing pyrotechnics) with addtional assistants/watchers (Tilver, chance, Bert, BK, Feedle, Cass) and a videographer friend (David Quakenbush).  We also had four firefighters and one fire marshall supervising.

First order of business was Night Music experimenting with various forms of explosives.  They hadn't shot indoors before and we got to shoot this at a firefighters training burn house!  I didn't get great shots of this stage because nobody was allowed in the building, lest it crumble and fall on our heads in a tragic moment. After we deemed it safe to enter we took some more test shots inside.

One of my goals was to see if I could do this using the in-camera multiple exposure feature.  I actually built a second physical shutter I could attach to the end of my lens but the sizes didn't match and it created a sort of tunnel-vision that would have required me to be farther back from the shot than I'd have the luxury of doing in an enclosed building.  

So we tried the multiple exposures.  I drew the letters in the air using a Pixelstick and lit Mar with a flashlight.  Night Music set of charges in the background.  While the multiple exposure technique was close it didn't end up being the best we'd get.  After doing a set of shots with the firemen we shot another round with Mar, this time capturing individual light elements that I'd assemble in post-processing.  We got the best flame, the best body position, the best Pixelstick lettering.

So despite this not being my normal light painting way.... I present for your enjoyment this year's Skytalks 2015 artwork.  


Mary, Death Angel

By Dan on June 11, 2015 9:00 AM

When I first started light painting in serious way I shot with a photographer friend and his wife and they invited Mary along to our shoot.  We were all learning and it was an exciting day. I haven't really seen much of her in the past year but we got to shoot the other night and it was exciting to see how far my craft has progressed in a year.  Here's my fave from our set:


Dawn the Clown

By Dan on June 04, 2015 12:10 PM

 I forgot to post updates about my shoots with Angelia and Cat, go check those images out if you haven't seen them!  But last night I got to shoot with Dawn so here is a front page glimpse into that one!

The Light Fantastic Pictures

By Dan on April 04, 2015 5:33 PM

Here are the shots from the event!!

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View the images here on Facebook!  I will be uploading the pictures to this site shortly as well.

You can also view the images here on my site since, you know, you're here already!

The Light Fantastic Teaser

By Dan on March 28, 2015 5:13 PM

Aaron Haiduk is a fellow light painter in Denver who works a completely opposite schedule from me. We've been trying to get together for ages and last week we finally did.  He got a shot of me, I got a shot of him, and I imposed upon him to be the body for a concept shot I had for an event I'm shooting in early April.



By Dan on March 22, 2015 5:11 PM

Synergistic creative energy is a wonderful thing.  I recently met Robin and we've hung out a few times.  This particular time we stepped into the studio and made a few pieces of light painting art.  This is one of my favorite shots in a very long time!


By Dan on March 13, 2015 5:08 PM

Mar is one of the best artists and coolest people I know.  She's gender bendy and challenges people's preconceived notions about everything.  And, like honey badger, she just don't give a fuck.

We shot in the lower level of the artist co-op that she's involved with, Cabal Enterprises.  This is one of the shots:

Camera Rotation Tool

By Dan on March 08, 2015 4:57 PM

 So I bought a really cool device from the UK, a Camera Rotation Tool from Alan Thompson.  Essentially the shutter stays open, even if covered, and you rotate the camera around the optical axis, exposing multiple times as you go.  Here's a sample!


David Quakenbush's Vortex

By Dan on March 06, 2015 4:00 PM

I met David Quakenbush through the Denver Light Painting Facebook group and we've done a little work together.  He has put together a light vortex that involves a live projection feedback loop and dancers with lights.  Check out his work here and if you get a chance to see him at a First Friday his studio is upstairs at 841 Santa Fe.

This is a long exposure shot of Mary Cates dancing in the vortex:

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