Tuesday, April 7, 2020


One of the last images Tom and I created before this stay at home/safe at home was, ironically, a SAFE -- that we lightpainted using Live Composite on our Olympus camera. 

We lightpainted and exposed 646 2-second images, stacked in-camera using lighten blend mode.

We both photographed both sides of the safe; Tom lightpainted the inside of the safe door and I lightpainted the outside of the safe door, here. 

Tom and I are currently making the best of this 'Stay at Home' directive by viewing it as our "Artist in Residence" period   https://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Creative/Spring2020-Artist-in-Residence/

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In Live Composite mode the camera shoots a series of images continuously with the same exposure time and then the camera combines all the images together into a single composite, however, only the first image is used to record the ambient exposure of the background or foreground. 

After that, only the brighter pixels in any following images are used. This means that while the sky or an illuminated building won’t change, the bright lights from traffic will be written onto the composite image. This is similar to taking a series of images on a dSLR and then stacking them using the Lighten Blend mode in Photoshop (except that the camera does this in camera for you).

With Live Composite, one advantage is that when you are shooting stars or fireworks or light painting you do not need to worry that the sky (ambient light) will get brighter with each shot, only the trails of light will appear as the exposure continues. That same feature (sort of freezing the ambient light) makes Live Composite perfect for light painting inside if you do not have a "darkroom" or want to paint inside during the day or at night where there is ambient light from streetlights, etc. 

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