Light painting is the artistic technique of moving a hand held-light source while taking a long exposure. The purpose is to illuminate the subject with constant lighting to create a powerful image. It takes a steady hand, patience, trial and error and imagination. Using a specialized blue light (nightsea) will allow you to capture fluorescence. The images will be enhanced with beautiful bright vibrant colors.
Most plants and animals fluoresce under blue light. Below are some of my favorite long-exposures photographed using the Nightsea and a Canon 70d. I also included some comparison photos under white light.
Beautiful cherry blossoms under blue light, Okinawa-Japan
Sunflowers show some fluorescence under blue light, Okinawa-Japan
The animal must not move in order to get a sharp image during a long-exposure.
More flowers painted with the Light & Motion Nightsea
Light-painting with the Nightsea and Sola 600 red light
Blue light comparison (450nm) with UV (385)
- Light&Motion Sola Nightsea or Gobe blue light
- Modeling light Gobe 700 wide (white light) to lock in focus
- Camera with Manual capabilities and macro lens (Canon 70d *60macro)
- Manfrotto Tripod and remote
- Barrier filter (block the reflected blue light )
My above water camera setup for fluorescence
My underwater setup for photographing fluorescence.