The Barrel Room

Todays image is another from my series taken at an old mill, and features a room full of old wooden barrels, along with a variety of tools used by the mill in its heyday. The round stone, serving as a table in the foreground weighs 2000 lb and is not going to move anytime soon. The image was shot using deer spotlights that I have placed diffusion on to soften the light output, and each exposure was approximately 30 seconds in an almost totally dark room. The windows were covered with black fabric to block the outside light from having any influence on my light painting, and were uncovered at the end to get the window detail. The lanterns were lit only by my spotlights to give a glowing effect. Because the spotlights are so intense, I use a technique where I pulse the trigger on briefly ,then off and keep moving across the scene till the shutter closes. A half second worth of spotlight is all it takes to light an object at f11 or f16 at iso 200. I also use a fairly inexpensive wireless remote to fire the camera from across the room, so I never touch the camera once I get started.

6 responses to “The Barrel Room

  1. Beautiful work. If you can illuminate an object with a 1/2 second exposure with your light, you obviously would have to move on to other aspects of the scene with a 30 second exposure. Generally speaking, would you light different angles of the same object or actually move on to other objects. Just wondering how much of the total scene you could light with one 30 second exposure. Hope this question makes sense, and thanks in advance for your time.

    • I work somewhat randomly at times. I basically light things from a variety of angles in case I decide I need that portion with light on it. I even go back and do areas more than once,because a shift in light angle can look much better from one frame to the next. The only reason I do not like bulb exposure is due to the fact that I hate doing a real long exposure and finding out I overexposed an area. You cant worry about too many shots while doing this, and its experimenting sometimes. wood can look dramatically different at certain angles, especially when you must consider how the camera is seeing it. By the way,thanks.

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