Spending 3 1/2 days just focused on photography was such a dream. I walked away feeling inspired and learned so much in a short amount of time.

With that said, I would say my long exposure shots were my least favorite. The last night I was delirious because of lack of sleep that I ended up laughing at every single shot I took. haha They are the first blog post from this trip so I guess it will only go up from here.

Here are my 3 long exposure outdoor shots:

30-second exposure

Such a fun idea! We shot this around 1 in the morning. We had fairy lights that we taped to Danielle’s shoes. She ran across my frame and then Kade had a speedlight to flash her in this pose. I like the movement mixed with the frozen motion. In post, I had to clean a few things up like the blurry body who had the speedlight and I also changed the color of the lights in Photoshop. I enhanced the purple/blue tones on Danielle and the sky because I thought it was interesting.

30-second exposure

This was the same set up as the photo above. But Danielle did a cartwheel and that is what the motion is. You can’t see her because I didn’t use a speedlight and so it is just a crazy light against the purple, spooky sky.

30-second exposure

This is light painting combined with a ghost shot! Danielle is my beautiful model again in this. It is a 30-second long exposure and we first lit her with a flashlight and then she moved out of the frame. We then light painted the rest of the house. My biggest regret is cutting off the top of the house. I was so mad when I realized. Especially because of how sweet the wood on the top of this house looks.

Here are my 3 long exposure indoor shots:

15-second exposure

My minor is in floral design and so anything with flowers immediately draws my attention. This Safari Sunrise flower was just beginning to bloom and I thought it would be nice to light paint. The shadows are not as harsh and interesting as I wanted them to be but you can tell the light highlights the most interesting part of the photo.

15-second exposure

For this shot, the tricky part was not catching a glare on the glass scale. There is a small glare on the right side but for the most part, the scale turned out okay. The tomato and pepper on the scale have a major glare on them and I can’t decide if that is good because you can tell I was highlighting them or bad for that same reason. I think the artichoke looks great! I love the texture and the contrast it provides. I had to black out a lot of the background because of lights going on and off during my exposure.

15-second exposure

Lastly, I have these petite pumpkins. In the background are more gourds and pumpkins but I wanted to focus on these two. If I was to do this shot again I would do a different color pumpkin than white. It was difficult to light paint it without being blown out. I love the green and orange contrast on the other pumpkin and the texture from the plate they were on.

I am so excited to edit more photos from this trip! I hope you enjoyed reading about my light painting process!

-BN