Lately I’ve been pretty into getting photos of the night sky wherever I go. (This post has some of my best night shots I’ve done so far.) As you could see in my Colorado post and Lake Tahoe post, it has been really cool to capture the night sky – especially when it’s clear enough to see the stars.
While up in Bellingham, my dad and I went out for a little walk around an industrial shipyard to grab some photos. While I haven’t really done much of this in the past – I thought it would be fun to try out some light painting.
(To give you an understanding of how this works, the camera’s shutter is left open for around 20-30 seconds and it takes in all light in the frame of the shot – hence giving someone time to create a few patterns with a flashlight or something)
I used my cell phone as the paintbrush for one of the shots and wrote my name in the sky. My dad got pretty excited when he saw the photo, so I told him to try it out.
It’s a little tough to space the letters at first, you have to spread them out pretty far apart for it to work well. It’s also a little difficult to think of how to write your name backwards in order for it to come out right in the shot.
But there really is no excuse for mis-spelling your own name. On the third attempt, my dad started to write his name and wrote “JEE.”
“Dad, I never knew ‘Jeff” was spelled with 2 E’s…”
He realized he messed up and flailed his phone around in frustration. I thought it was hilarious – so I included it in the shots below.
I’ve gotta say – these pictures produced some of the most serene landscapes I’ve ever seen. The water was so calm and the moon so bright, it was an awesome combination.