The Painted Lady

Jonathan Stacey

Perth, Australia

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Here’s something I tried which many of you may know about but I suspect…many may not…Light Painting.

For those that haven’t….it’s simply a case of composing the subject, which is better if in darkness like it’s surroundings, setting the exposure for a ridiculously long time like 2 minutes plus (That’s the trial and error part !!) and then quite literally painting in the subject with a torch. I can guarantee you will not get it right first time and for me…this meant up to my anckles in thick, soft Poole Harbour silt (gradually sinking all the time !!), tripod firmly pushed into the mud and standing like an idiot waving a torch at a boat for quite some time.!.
Not just any boat mind you but my Fathers pride and joy…Winterlin.

As a retired sea-dog, he lives for sailing.. competitively in this old Cornish Shrimper which I had the pleasure to sail in on my last visit back home to Dorset last September.

This, like so many other of my captures for me, holds far more personal meaning than is does visual appeal although my father holds the print I gave him fondly. Not sure if that is due to his laughter as he watched his son jump off the jetty into the mud, drudge my way out and proceed to set up camera and erratically wave a torch at his little lady.!!….. pretty normal stuff if you ask me !!

Taken on 25th September 2009 at Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, Dorset UK

nikon D90
Sigma 10-20mm @ 20mm
Exp 160 seconds
F/8.0
ISO 200

No filters,
Bright Torch,
Wellies,
Old Tripod,
Several pints of beer so you don’t feel so stupid.
Small crowd to laugh at you….

Jason Green wrote an exceptional piece on me here Friday Featured Photographer #4: Jonathan Stacey.

My First Photography Tips Tutorial is here !!

You can now follow me on your iPhone for free with iFolio Simply download the app and search for me !!!

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