aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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18 of 52: Painting With Light
Posted by dav at 2008 January 27 11:01 PM
File under: Art

Many moons ago Mie and I were lucky enough to have portraits made by Julian Cash of SuperSnail.com using a painting-with-light technique he had been working on. For this week's project I tried using the same technique. It involves setting the camera on a tripod in a dark room, then opening the shutter for a long period of time as you use various lights to draw over the scene.

I talked Mie into being my model, which wasn't too hard, and then talked her into letting me post them on the Internet, which was somewhat difficult. Here's some, the rest are in my Painting With Light Flickr set.

18 of 52: Painting With Light 18 of 52: Painting With Light

18 of 52: Painting With Light 18 of 52: Painting With Light

My two light sources were a glowing pig and a small flashlight (usually with my finger covering the bulb):

Glowy Things

Comments:

Very cool. Reminds me of the Grifters album cover:

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jvfuxqyhldte

and the Picasso pic:

http://www.vpphotogallery.com/photog_mili_picasso.htm


so how do you leave the shutter open long enough to get all the light movement, but Mie is not blurred?

Posted by: Paul on January 28, 2008 08:13 AM

It varied but most shots were either 13 seconds or 30 seconds on a timer. There's another mode where the shutter stays open as long as you push the button, but it would have taken a third person (or I think I could buy a remote switch) to take advantage of that.

I didn't mess much with the ISO and other settings. I'd like to experiment more with that and other low-lumens light sources.

Posted by: dav on January 28, 2008 08:24 AM

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