Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bluebells (light painting)

This is still life picture, done in light painting technique: bouquet of small bluebell flowers in glass cup on saucer, against black background:

Still life light painting picture: bouquet of small bluebell flowers in transparent glass cup on saucer, against black background
Light painting picture: Bluebells (3888 x 2916)

Finally, i finished this picture from last summer. This image composed from 68 serial photos of same scene with different lighting. I've used simple flashlight with 3 LEDs (i use it also for back lighting of snowflake macro photos), with white semi-transparent diffusor, mounted after LEDs. Scene illuminated from different directions: from top, left, right, front, back, and different distances from flashlight to still-life composition.

After source photos was taken, i processed all photos with same parameters in RAW converter, and started manually painting masks for every photo, revealing only parts with most interesting light, and adding these parts to final mix. This was most interesting, but also time consuming work, and most of that time was spent on painting fine details for every petal of every flower.

When it was done, i've applied standard post-processing steps: noise removing, sharpening, color balance, local and global contrast enchancements. Overall, this work took many and many hours, but this sort of "painting photography" is really interesting task.

Prints available at: Artist website,,
Licenses for commercial use - at,

This still life picture also available as Ultra HD 4K wallpaper, in two variants:

Still life light painting wallpaper: bouquet of bluebell flowers in glass cup on saucer, glowing on black background, resolutions up to Ultra HD 4K

Still life light painting wallpaper: collage with four bluebell flowers, isolated on dark background, resolution up to Ultra HD 4K

Both wallpapers available in screen proportions 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, resolutions from 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA) to 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD 4K).

And this is separated flowers at black background (lossless .PNG pictures):

Still life light painting image: four purple bluebell flowers, isolated on black background - lossless PNG image
Light painting picture: Bluebell flowers 1 (1636 x 1636)

Prints available at: Artist website,

Still life lightpainting picture: bluebells flowers, isolated on black background, horizontal version - lossless PNG file
Light painting picture: Bluebell flowers 1 (3268 x 820)

If you want to see more light painting works, you can browse through all lightpainting photos.
And here is article about my light painting technique.