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Photograph means lightwriting or drawing with light.....does this change anyone's opinion on what a photograph is? Or should I say, what a photograph originally was, and what a digital photograph is.
When I take a photograph and this is speaking from an amateur's perspective, I am watching the light, maybe even drawing around an object with light, or rather follwing light until it falls where i like it, which happens more often now than it used to.
how would you describe to me the ability to draw with light?
If we all picked up our cameras this minute and walked outside to draw with light...how would we go about doing it.? look forward to watching those imaginative cogs turning :)
If you want to add an example, please just put up what you think is your best description of drawing with light and if you like give some details for discussion or just to take us on a photo journey..............
This is probably the best example I have of drawing with light. it has been enhanced digitally. I was having a conversation with dave when i suddenly noticed this light on his face coming from the window and grabbed my camera. The drawing that was involved was the moving of the camera to catch the light just where I wanted it. The camera was like my pencil or brush...that's the best way I can explain it at this moment. Photoshop tools were the additional drawing tools which added more light.
While FAA sleeps,lol, here's mine that I think tells the story of light via line and darkness......it's really interesting to capture a subject in the dead of night with little light.....the story is always more about the light, it seems.
I'd love to capture the evening light here at 7pm when the local bats fly across my patch of sky......they are in silhouette against the light, and quite stunning, en masse...One day, maybe!
It's always been all about the light, how it's reflected, how it's transmitted. Yesterday I saw the nets in an olive grove reflecting light like a giant spider's web; the same day from a different angle there were puddles of luminous green between the trees and low contrast light filtered through the thick bed of trefoils.
Love your description of the light caught in the nets Paul. Can you explain if the light was drawn in some way? The sun's reflection on the water looks like a long brushmark but i am not even sure that that is what I think drawing with light really means.
FAA never sleeps! Hi Maria, Vivian and everybody,.
In my understanding, when I hear about photography as the “drawing with light”, I think that it is just one of those imaginative, even poetic terms, which we can meet in the technical world sometimes. As a rule they less describe the process and more express emotions, including the surprise, caused by new discoveries and their results. I say so because I think that we shouldn’t understand that widely accepted term too literally, for we risk deceiving ourselves. When saying “drawing” we use to imagine mostly some traditional process of drawing, which needs some certain high manual skills. There were experiments of ”real drawing with light” with different sources of light on photographic materials. However, when we speak about Photography to day we usually mean a more automatic process. In general, photography needs less, or at least other manual skills, slightly another artistic approach and much more technical knowledge, then traditional drawing.
A photograph / light-drawing is any image made by catching reflected ( or direct ) light on any light sensitive material. Unlike what some may think ( thinking about the other thread ), it has nothing to do with 'reality' or 'truth'. The idea that a photograph equates to a literal description of reality is mostly because of the camera's apparent objective description of the world, which is an illusion and also without a camera photographs can be made and have been made.
It is nice, like in your example, to be able to move around the light falling on a subject, almost like a scuIptor would around a block of marble. I don't always see light itself as the subject, but sometimes it is. The absence and presence of light.
Man Ray was one of the first artists / photographers to literally draw with light, like light sculptures...
I have a series of these made by drawing with my camera and the full moon light
And series of these, drawing with my camera, full moon and studio light
On this one I combined, the full moon, studio light, street light, neighbours light and my own kitchen light and my wife is also featured as she walks out of the kitchen door (all the above one shot, one click, drawing with light and camera)
Though a painting originally, the more I played with this, the more it became a digital story of light that describes the subject. There are esoteric nuances too that tell a story, if one lets their imagination 'go'......does it meet the criteria?...of course, paintings too, are all about 'light'. A 'face' in the crowd, perhaps?
Like everything in life, there pretty much is an opposite that is needed not only for balance but for definition. We wouldn't know beauty without ugliness, pain without pleasure, good without bad, light without dark. And, in-between any two extremes lies the middle-ground of variety. That's usually where I like to play!
When you say "painting with light" I think of something like Xoanxo posted. I haven't tried it myself, but I've seen some really interesting abstract photographs made by using a long exposure in a dark room or outside and moving a flashlight around, different color gels can be used to get white, red, yellow, blue or whatever color light you want.
In this shot I did basically the same as you in your portrait, (first post) and use the late evening sunlight to catch both the light on the petals and the shadow that only happens early morning and late evening, the rest of the time the sun is too high to create a shadow on the flower itself. No enhancements though, just a slight increase in contrast to help bring colors and details out, nothing else. The light itself is not apparent but subtle.
In this one the effect is the opposite, the light is made very obvious by the clouds and reflections...
Several examples, which captured mu eye, when thinking about “drawing with light”:
Paintings often can be also called “drawing with light”:
And digital art:
Many fractals are also “creatures of light”:
I feel I am wrong. In this approach we can find better and many other examples of “drawing with light” in any kind of photography (where it is partly a description of traditional (I am not sure about digital)physical process) and also in any other genre and medium, because light/dark/contrast deal with often used artistic methods there too. May be we should understand that “drawing with light” expression somehow more narrowly. For example as a result of some automatic (may be chemical) process where light itself causes physical changes on some surface. How do you think?
Even this is falling light. I will do some more searching to get closer to the idea of drawing with light.
Yury, you must have been reading my mind as I was thinking this morning of leaving some objects outside on this sunny day, on a piece of photo paper. maybe I will do it tomorrow and see what happens.
some great images above, of sudden bursts of light, soft light on steps, through alleyways, crawling up buildings, flooding scenes, blurring marks, like oxo's moonlight images,light writing, I think that may be the closest literal idea of drawing with light.
@Roger i don't care either:)))))) did it break the monotony for you :))
hope there is more light to be shed on this discussion.
@Wow jason what a beautiful image, the way the light seems drawn onto and around the swans isn't just about light but makes you sense the warmth of the feathers and the fine lines of light which define the beautiful curves of the necks of the swans and the pools of light in the water, especially where the drinking is taking place, i just love this image, the light whether it is drawn, spilled, caught, pooled, throws shadows, etc etc, affects many of my senses ;))))
Viktor, also I get a sense of this image being drawn with light, I am beginning to see a difference in what I, feel is a literal interpretation of drawing with light, and literal drawing of light which produces mood, or awakens the senses. I don't think i will ever look at a phot again and not think about how I feel the light was drawn in it. Saying that I am still researching, as I am no expert, just a curious adventurer. :))
Thanks for your great images everyone and especially for trying to understand and express your idea of drawing with light. Keep going.
Yury, Flashlight seems to be drawing with light from within the little creature...wonderful nature! You've turned the whole idea around :)))
Thanks Rose. I took some photos today, just in the garden as i tried to get my 15 minutes of vit D. :) busy day inside. So this is the first time that I have taken a photo with the thought of, 'now how am i going to draw with light'..I havn't uploaded them yet so it will be interesting to see what they are like. Stay tuned and don't expect too much.:)
really interesting carol. i am not familiar with calligraphy painting. Why is it called caligraphy, as I automatically associate calligraphy with a particular style of writing and font. It reminds me of a film negative.
I should admit that in this thread I first hoped for a more in depth exact explanation of the technical process of “drawing with light” and may be for some new knowledge and understanding of technical aspects. However, predictably enough this thread went another way accordingly to a more emotional, artistic, but less clear understanding of that term. Let it be, it is only natural, we are artists. As an artist I can not stay showing a couple of more examples which seem to be close to our current understanding of “drawing with light” in this thread. It is not my art, but I feel it as examples of light from within and absolutely breathtaking masterpieces.
For me drawing with light is the creation of depth in the shadows and the emphasis on where the light touches.....the transition from light to dark being the goal as well as highlighting certain areas by using shading and blending techniques.........drawing light goes hand in hand with creating shadows... you cannot have light without it.