Wed 15 March, evening light-painting workshop

Ann, our bubbly and enthusiastic Chairman, through the medium of our website, would like to thank Steve Elliot for organising a hugely enjoyable and highly successful ‘hands-on’ workshop light-painting evening. Steve is a long-term member of our club, and is justifiably famous both throughout the Hope Valley and afar, for his spectacular landscape images. However, Steve has another string to his many photographic bows, and is now building up a reputation for his light-painting images.

Steve had been asked to give a workshop to members, so he could pass on light-painting tips and experience he’s gained. A goodly percentage of C&HVPS members assembled, with cameras and tripods, under clear skies, at Hope Sports Club on a chilly March evening. Steve had clearly devoted considerable time and effort in preparing for his workshop, bringing a range of equipment he uses when he creates light-painting images. Including various shapes of Perspex light-wands, LED lights, whisks to encompass wire wool (which is ignited and spun around – outdoors only!), LED torches capable of producing different coloured light beams, etc.

Those who were new to light-painting were fascinated to watch and learn from Steve, as he patiently and methodically illustrated how members should set up their cameras, as he demonstrated the equipment he’d either made or bought. The first part of the workshop evening was held indoors, then members trooped outside to the sports field, set up their cameras and tripods and stood fascinated as Steve whirled lights and burning wire-wool around, allowing members to capture the earlier indoor and then outdoor images illustrated at the bottom of this webpage.

Upon returning indoors, Alan Hinchcliffe, who also has expertise in light-painting set up a ‘light-wand’ he’d made. Which when photographed using a long exposure or ‘live composite mode’ displayed the name of our photographic society in coloured lights. Many thanks to Jessica, who stood stock still both indoors and outdoor, as Steve whirled lights around, allowing members to practice the art of light-painting. A selection of these images are shown below:

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