Painting with Light

This past week Photography 1 students learned about shutter speeds; when to work with fast shutter speeds and what kinds of effects are achieved with slower speeds. So I thought I would share a video and a few amazing pieces by photographers who work with extraordinarily long exposures. (I also thought this would be a good post for advanced photography students since one of their projects for the semester is titled Low Light.)

From NPR.org: "Watch artists Michelle McSwain and Ryan Warnberg, collectively known as MRI, demonstrate how to paint with light. Vision expert Stephen Macknik, of the Barrow Neurological Institute, explains what the images teach us about the human visual system."

To see more of MRI's work check out their Flickr photostream.


Many other photographers experiment with low light, or painting with light, photography and showcase their images online. Here are four artists whose images I found particularly interesting:

No. 54, Nacional Los Glaciares, Provincia Santa Cruz, Argentina 2007
Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke
Website: Lightmark

Nebulous In Blue
Toby Keller
Website: BURNBLUE Photography & Design

Steve's Rock, Olmsted Point
Susanne Friedrich
Website: Susanne Friedrich Photography

To read some tips on night/low light photography check out this page on photokaboom.com. Please feel free to email your results and I will post them to the blog!


Thomas Sidlinger said...

Now that seems like a group that I wouldn't mind spending a night with. Nice find. I love the sight, some of the student work (ie Flickr) is very impressive. I look forward to checking in on the alma mater. You guys still pull off the best art department (including drama) around.

Mr. Berryman said...

Thank you for your generous comments Thomas! I had a great time visiting with you the other day and please feel free to submit any ideas of your own to the blog via my email. Take care!