Writing with Light

Light Painting the Skyline

After an evening of shooting the Toronto skyline during Denise Ippolito’s workshop we decided to have some fun with light painting. This is something that I’ve always wanted to try and we had a blast experimenting with this technique. We hadn’t planned on doing this but putting on our “MacGyver” hats we used a small LED flashlight I had in my camera bag and the  string from Denise’s hoodie to tie to the end of the flashlight. Denise’s friend and fellow photographer, Lynn slowly started twirling the flashlight on the string and turning in place slowly. After a bit of trial and error this was the result. By the way Lynn is actually in the middle of that circle of light but because she was slowly moving you can’t see her at all during the long exposure. I posted images of the skyline on Monday (you can see them here) as the fog started rolling out. Notice the skyline in the background. The CN Tower was starting to disappear again as the fog rolled back in at the end of the evening.

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Toronto, skyline, light painting, CN Tower, Ward Island, Centre Island, city lights, night photography

47 responses

  1. Wow!!!! That is absolutely spectacular! I have tried painting with light a few times but never anything that complex. Great shot!


    November 6, 2013 at 7:53 am

  2. Our Adventure in Croatia

    wow amazing, I thought it was a sculpture, just by looking at the picture, it’s only when I read what it really is…… really amazing


    November 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

  3. I can even call this poetic! Love it 🙂


    November 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

  4. I have never tried this type of light painting, so I just admire the work of others, and this is great, really great! I


    November 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

  5. Awesome!!


    November 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

  6. What an amazing piece of art you all created…great team work!


    November 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

  7. Simply awesome, 2 Kewl fer Skewl as always ! …WoW!,,,,,,,,, superb… luv it 🙂 Q


    November 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

  8. A really interesting photo. I’ve heard of light painting but …


    November 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

  9. This is really awesome, Edith! I’ve got to try one myself.


    November 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

  10. Gut gelungen! Gefällt mir gut! 🙂


    November 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

  11. Len

    I have not tried this but I love the result Edith. Great execution. I am sure having Denise there for counsel made it a bit easier. Killer result.


    November 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  12. Wow just beautiful..I especially like the blue. Thank you.


    November 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

  13. This is stunning, Edith!!


    November 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  14. leecleland

    Great light painting, just shows you what you can do with very simple tools and creative minds.


    November 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

  15. Wowwww! What an amazing shot! Love it!


    November 7, 2013 at 6:48 am

  16. LB

    Never heard of it; knew nothing about it; but love it (AND the MacGyver like implements)


    November 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  17. Awesome capture! One of the best light paintings I have ever seen. 😀


    November 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  18. It’s an awesome shot. Very creative. Painting with light is fun, but you have done something extra ordinary. As with all great ideas, it’s so simple – after somebody has done. Very nice, Edith!


    November 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm

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  20. Great work! Very nice results on this, Edith.
    I’ve not done a lot of light painting but found it to be fun for sure. 😉


    November 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

  21. I’ve never heard of this before. Thank you for describing how it was done! Very unique!


    November 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  22. Well, I thought that was an Art Installation too. Extraordinary skill by the person who was doing the hard work on the other end of the piece of string! And a wonderful result, Edith


    November 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  23. Very cool Edith, I never have the patiebnce to try this but always wanted to, nice!


    November 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

  24. Both are great!


    November 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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