A flashlight was used to light paint the operating room inside the hospital at Alcatraz prison. All of the lighting was done with a Streamlight Stinger flashlight from a 60 degree angle to the left of the camera position. I lit the back wall at a hard angle, skimmed the floor to throw 3/4 backlight on the table, and lit the operating lamp on the ceiling. The exposure time was 36 seconds at f/8, ISO 200 using an Olympus OM 18mm lens on a Canon 5D Mark II. The room was completely dark — the exposure time reflects how long it took to open the shutter, walk to the back left corner and do the lighting, and then return to the camera to close the shutter. Thanks to Amy Heiden and Janet Blake for allowing me a few minutes of yerba mate fueled light painting antics during our limited time at this great location.
Ghosts in the East Bay: A one night workshop with night photographer Joe Reifer
Saturday, October 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The site for our adventure features a unique mix of old building materials, installation art, natural landscapes, and views of San Francisco across the water. We’ll explore a variety of night photography techniques including long exposures, and light painting with flashlights and strobes. We’ll discuss how to create ghostly figures in your nocturnal images, a tradition that dates back to 19th century spirit photography. Workshop tuition is only $69.00, and limited to 16 photographers. Sign up on the Renegade Meetup group.
Whether you’ve experimented with long exposures before or not, this workshop will be a great opportunity to learn about night photography techniques such as: exposure calculation, noise reduction, light painting, and ghosts (just in time for Halloween!). A gear list will be sent after you sign up. Contact me if you have any questions.
Yesterday evening I visited photographer Susan Friedman to do a night photography demonstration for her students. I also got to peruse Susan’s beautiful new equine photography book Drinkers of the Wind, and check out some mesmerizing horse footage shot with the Phantom and Red cameras at 600-800 frames per second.
Susan’s students from U.C. Santa Cruz were an enthusiastic group, and we experimented with light painting ghost photos using a mix of flashlight, flash, and fireworks. During the last 2 photos in the gallery below, sparklers were attached to a tetherball. Thanks to everyone who attended for a really fun night!