Beam me up, 2014

It seems to me that i will be in a galaxy far far way…

Light Painting by Luis Pato and Tibor Györi

There I go, by Luis Pato and Tibor Györi

…but i wish you all here on planet Earth a very good 2014 full of good things and lots of chocolate cake! =)

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Call for Photos and Collaborators

Here at the LIGHTS FROM DREAMS we are looking for collaborators, and would love to have your work posted and discussed here in the blog.

What are we looking for?
Well, we are a blog about Night Photography and Light Painting, so basically we are looking for anything to do with this themes, be it one of your latest photos, a tutorial you wrote, a video you made, or even your thoughts about some piece of gear which you have just tried.
What is in it for you? The same as for us: not much. You can get your photos and name known, get some opinions about your work and maybe meet some nice people on the way.

If you are interested, please write us at lightsfromdreams[AT]gmail[DOT]com
We really hope to hear from you soon!
BRIDGE FROM OLAF HOLZAPFEL
Not so long ago i found this strange looking sculpture in the forest. Of course one of my first thoughts was “hmmm, i bet we could make some cool looking photos here…“. So the next time i met with my photo friend Thomas we went to this place, played a bit around some lights and got this photo:

Light Painting of a wood bridge in a forest

Art Bridge, by Luis Pato & Thomas Lange


It is a great place and i think we still have to go back and take some more photos there!
What do you think about it?

Three trees

I don’t feel like Light Painting is all about getting pretty photos.

Don’t get me wrong, i love it when i come home with a nice photo on my memory card, but i think that what i really enjoy is the creative process as a whole. I enjoy going out and looking for a new place, thinking about new technics and materials that i can use, looking for a composition that pleases me and imagining how the final image will turn out.

I also quite enjoy that moment when i am getting ready to go out and take a photo that i have been planning. Getting the gear ready, packing, trying not to forget anything, and feeling that tingling of excitement that drives us no matter how cold or dark it might be.

Then of course there is the pleasure of taking the photo itself. i am always amazed when i look and the back of my camera and see the invisible things that i just captured with a nice long exposure. It’s almost like magic. Capturing things which our eyes can’t see is almost like capturing time itself!

Light Painting photo showing three trees and a ball of light

Three Trees, by Luis Pato

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago after a trip to the forest with my friend Thomas. I actually tried this same photo that day, but because i had forgotten some gear at home (ooops!) i couldn’t get what i was looking for. So i went back a couple of days later and got this image of a Ball of light just passing by!

Let’s now hope for nice weather to go out again and take some more photos!   =)

Teepee in the Forest

A couple of weeks ago, while i was jogging in the forest near our home, i found out a cool looking Teepee hidden close to one of the many paths.

I thought it would be a cool subject for a light painting because there was a cool eerie felling about it, so that night i went back with my camera and a couple of lights and, after some experimentation, i got this photo:

Light Painted TeepeeTeepee, by Luis Pato (Flickr)

  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lens: Tamron 28-75mm @ 28mm
  • Lights: Strobe, colored gels and a custom-made light tool  (around the trees)

I got some very strange looks from some people who passed by, bumped my head a couple of times, got some now scratches and really dirty clothes, but making this photo was lots of fun. If i would do it again i would probably do a couple of things differently, but i guess that is how we learn…

And i would really love to know what you think about it!     =)

My first Light Painting post

I have already heard a lot about Light Painting and seen some awesome photos when i decided for the first time that i should give it a go.

I went out with my head torch and a friend and we took a LOT of photos! And yes, we did passe a couple of hours writing our names and drawing little “stick men” in front of the camera!

Even though we didn’t get any decent photos that night, i got completely hooked. Since then i went out many times, some alone and some with friends, and i have collected and built many “custom” Light Tools, and even got a couple of photos that i actually like.  =)

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This is my first Ball of Light, and one of the first Light Paintings that i can actually show people.

Sphere of Light, by Luis Pato

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  • Camera: 60D
  • Lens: Tamron 28-74mm f2.8
  • Place: Augsburg, Germany

And so this blog starts…