Circling Luna with light


Just because Luna doesn’t want to play with me, doesn’t mean I can’t have fun!

Luna on cat bed on file cabinet

All I need to do is flip on the ND-filter, making my camera darker.  Then I drop the ISO to the minimum, and set the aperture to a very small F/11.  Set the shutter speed to a six-second exposure and put the camera on a little tripod.  Then check the focus.  Set the auto-timer.  Flip on the iPhone’s flashlight…

Flashlight?  What?

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 1

That streak!  What was that!?

Let me try again.

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 2

Almost managed to circle the head.

Going for more control this time.

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 3

No, too big.

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 4

That might end up my best try yet.  But I’m not finishing very well.  What you need to do, while shining your flashlight at the camera, is to start and stop with the flashlight covered.  You can keep your second hand near.  The key is to do everything smoothly and quickly.

And again…

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 5

So awful.

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 6

Not bad, not bad!

But I need to try to close the circle.

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 7

Not centered enough.

Concentraaaate….

Luna on cat bed lightwriting attempt 8

Okay, I really have better things to do with my life.

Light writing is something fun you can try anywhere that you have a camera and a tripod, especially at night.  I was showing some friends around Brooklyn, and one of them successfully wrote “NYC” in front of the Manhattan skyline.  Much more awesome than circling your cat’s head anyway.

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2 comments

  1. Trying to capture her imagined halo?

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