POST-A-PHOTO: “NO FEAR”

“NO FEAR” – SIMÓN LÓPEZ

“On of these afternoons we had the idea for this photo while looking for a place to do something protected from the rain. We had nothing prepared and also not much time to think about it, so we took advantage of my passion for boxing and the material we had at hand. So we started running around making the floor and the ropes to bring the place to life.

light painting by Simon Lopez

No Fear“, Simón López

The hard part was to get the model to stay still throughout the exposure. It was really cold – only 6ºC – and it was almost impossible for them not to shake.

Here are some settings…

  • Aperture: f/5,6
  • Shutter Speed: 448s
  • ISO: 200
  • Temp: 4170K
  • Focal lenght: 12mm

Lights:

  • Ropes and ring corners: Led Lenser V24
  • Models: Led Lenser T7
  • Windows: Flash with orange gel
  • Floor: EL-Wire

Models: Ebe Garcia and Patricia Vilar”

– Simón López –

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POST-A-PHOTO: “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”

It seems 2014 will be a very creative year! Let’s keep our minds and our eyes very open…

“AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” – SIMÓN LÓPEZ

“This time we were trying to portray the hard life Middle Ages. Wether you were a noble man or a simple farmer from the people, everything could change very fast, and you could go from a wealthy princess to someone condemned to public execution  in a heartbeat.
The result wasn’t exactly what we were waiting, but we still we like it and wanted to share it with you.

Light painting by Simon Lopez

Justice for all“, Simón López

Here is some more information about the photos:

  • Single exposure
  • Camera: Nikon D7000
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Focal lenght: 11mm>
  • Shutter speed: 720.7 s
  • Temperature: 4170 K
For the lights we used:

  • Led Lenser v 24, for the blue on the Arches
  • Led Lenser P7, as fill light and for the skulls
  • Minimaglite, for the models and for the wall
  • Sparkle Stick, for the fire on the wall

Models: Ebe Garcia, Patricia Vilar and Ana Prego”

– Simón López – 
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Post-a-Photo: SIMON LOPEZ

To start 2014 we have a Post-a-Photo from Simón López, a spanish night photographer with a highly creative style. It seems to me that his photos come directly from a world of fantasy, with amazing places and inhabitants, but check it out yourself…

SIMON LOPEZ – “TAKE YOUR LAST TRAIN BABY”

“Lately during the night there are very strange things happening in the old Inferniño tunnels.
We went into the tunnels because it was raining a lot and we couldn’t do anything outside.
We didn’t plan this photo. When we got into the tunnel i started thinking about it and had in my head a small idea of what i would like to do.
We took a test shot to try out the X21 lamp as a train light and it worked out great. So,  instead of taking several shots like usual, we just kept this first one.

light painting by Simón López

Take your last train, Baby – Simón López

Here are some of the settings and and gear used to take this photos:
Apperture: F/4
Shutter Speed: 1219s
ISO: 200
Focal Lenght: 11mm
Temperature: 4170K
Gear: Led Lenser X21 for the Train Light; Led Lenser P7 for the main lighting and shadow; Led Lenser V25 for the red light and a Hot Minimaglite to illuminate the victim.”

– Simón López –

You can find more of Simón’s work at his Facebook page or Flickr account.

Post-a-Photo: Robert Wiggers

And (maybe) for our last post of the year, we have another interesting Post-a-Photo, this time with photographer Robert Wiggers.

“I like photography for some years now. I always shot with a point-and-shoot or with my phone but never realy had the chance to take on bigger things and try stuff out. But almost a year ago I had the chance to get a Canon 6D. Fast foward a year: Im hooked. Hooked on photography in general, finding new subjects, getting that impossible shot, trying new stuff and since lately: Light Painting. I just love it!
It started simple and easy with just a few little torches. But having xmas around the corner, I bought myself several different led sets and tried some stuff. It started with putting my daughter on a Merry-go-round (shooting her with a Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass) and trying to swing led’s above a Lensbaby Fisheye.

Light Painting by Robbert Wiggers

Merry-go-round, by Robert Wiggers

After that I invited some friends and finally had the oportunity to try some stuff with steel wool. And now Im completely hooked. I just love the fact I can create a shower of fire in front of my lens.

Light Painting, by Robert Wiggers

Shower of Fire, by Robert Wiggers

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POST-A-PHOTO: KEN LEE

So, we are back with another Post-a-Photo. This time, as promised, you show you another photo from photographer Ken Lee, and the interesting story behind it.

 KEN LEE – TEMPLE TREE ZION

“In March of 2013, my girlfriend and I took a road trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and Zion National Park in Utah. I took night sky photos of Valley of Fire one evening, scratching myself pretty good when my hands were raked by branches of a very thorny bush, while I was running around light painting some of the rocks. And on another evening, I took night sky photos of Zion National Park.  I took various photos of Big Bend and other dramatic, spectacular features.

But at one of the locations, I could not shoot what I wanted because the moon was absurdly bright and constantly in frame, wreaking havoc on the photo. I decided to scout other locations. I turned around, and saw this tree, illuminated by the moon. I gasped at its beauty, and immediately turned the camera around to photograph it.  Although the tree looked perfectly gorgeous the way the moonlight picked up the texture of the bark, compositionally, I noticed that it would benefit from a bit of separation from the background. I added just a hint of light from the headlights of my car in the distance, which creates the back glow on the tree, also warming the photo a bit and adding a magical feel. The long exposure, a total of fifty minutes overall, captures the heavenly movements of the stars, a beautiful reminder of how we are constantly in a state of movement even though we are often oblivious to it.

Temple Tree Zion, by Ken Lee

Temple Tree Zion, by Ken Lee

A bit later, the editors at National Geographic featured this photo as one of the Daily Dozen of the day, putting it on the front of their website, a very flattering honor. It has also won numerous other accolades, such as the Photo of the Day on Photoburst and other sites.”

– Ken Lee –

 

We hope you enjoyed it. And, if you did, please keep an eye open, there is also an interview with Ken Lee coming up very soon!

Post-a-Photo: Ken Lee

This is the first of a new category of posts called Post-a-Photo. In the Post-a-Photo we will give here a place for people who want to show one (or several) of their photos and tell the story behind it.

We are very happy to start it off with the great photographer Ken Lee.

KEN LEETRONA PINNACLES
“This is a 50-minute exposure in total, showing the movement of the stars, a heavenly nocturnal show, at Trona Pinnacles in the Mojave Desert in California. The otherworldly landscape consists of hundreds of pinnacles reaching as high as 140 feet (43 meters). They were formed tens of thousands of years ago when these unusual shapes formed while they were underwater. Many science fiction movies are filmed there, including “Star Trek” and “Planet of the Apes”, as well as many other movies and TV shows. This part of the Mojave Desert is also largely away from light pollution, so it is possible to see the Milky Way and other stars vividly. There is the glow of the little town of Trona in the distant horizon, warming the landscape.
I drove out to Trona Pinnacles, a four-hour drive, in July 2013 on a warm evening. I had the whole area of Trona Pinnacles to myself for the entire night, the desert air silent except for the occasional train rumbling past, a very peaceful evening. Occasionally, I broke the silence with some music. I laid on the hood of my car while listening to Bob Marley or Brian Eno with Cluster while the camera captured long exposure star trails. Altogether a magical evening. After photographing the Trona Pinnacles, I drove to the “Kill Bill” Church to photograph it, getting there just before sunrise.

Trona Pinnacles, by Ken Lee

Trona Pinnacles, by Ken Lee

A bit later, this photo, entitled “Trona Glow Star Trails”, won first place in LA Times Travel section for Best Summer Photo. I had been reading the LA Times Travel Section since I had been a kid, marveling at fantastic photos of distant lands, wishing I could experience these exotic places and be able to photograph them as magnificently as the photos I saw there. So although perhaps not as prestigious as winning accolades or contests with National Geographic, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet or others, I was especially moved by this award.”

– Ken Lee –

If you liked this post, stay tunned. There is more of Ken Lee coming soon!   ;)