Light-painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

 

Light-painting with neon lights and fireworks on Guyam island.

 

Shooting the light-painting shot

I decided to go to my favourite location here for the last time (I’m leaving), the deserted Guyam island. Earlier this year, I shot a fire dancer under the Milky Way (view full Project here). I always wanted to try out something different with the island and experimenting light-painting seemed perfect. I ordered neon lights (break-lights) from Ebay and bought fireworks at the market.

With a few friends we headed to the island, on a hopefully rainless night. My idea was for everyone to create their own light-rope, then have them dance/swing/paint in front of the island and shooting whatever ideas we come up with. Along the way we decided to light-paint ‘Happy New Year! Guyam’. The firework shots turned out really hard as I had no experience and only had 6 tries of a few seconds, even at short exposures, ISO50 f22 it was overexposed. They weren’t very spectacular anyway and one didn’t even work. At least I got a few to decorate to the Happy New Year shot!

 

Tech specs

The image is a composition, the trees are composed of a few shots where I had my friends lighting up the trees with a flashlight and walking around between the trees with a manual camera flash. The sky was a separate shot, as was the shooting star. Each firework is a separate shot and the light-painting image as well. ‘Happy New Year! Guyam’ we took in 4 different shots. There’s even a bit of a Milky Way in there 🙂

Shot with a Nikon D750 + 14-24/f2.8 on my Sirui T2205 tripod. After editing in my RAW editor I overlayed the layers, used lighten-transparency, masked the subject and cloned a few areas.

We had a lot of fun that night, rum too, yohoho and Happy New Year to everyone!

Greetings from Guyam Island, Siargao, Philippines!

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

Light Painting at Guyam island, Siargao, Philippines

 

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