Experiments and Playing with Light Part 1…

Neon I spend quite a lot of time just playing with light, either artificial ambient light, additional lighting by way of any light emitting tools/toys or a mixture of two or more lighting situations. I do this for a number of reasons, either to experiment or simply because I am uncertain how a lighting process will actually look when longer exposures are used, as there are some variables unlike “normal” exposures in daylight, where you can see how light is falling on a scene or subject matter and can therefore build a fairly accurate picture in your minds eye. Take away all or most of the light and then by adding your own changes some of the usual rules. Firstly because you cannot effectively see how light is falling, how this may be effected by a longer exposure and the effect of the movement of the light tool during the capture, though you do get an idea of what might happen the more you do, sometimes there can be surprising results. This particular experiment was to attempt to get a neon light effect, I used a Mini Maglite torch with the reflector removed so there is just the bare bulb, the colours were achieved by rapping a small piece of coloured gel filter around the torch head and tracing the lines and dials of my cooker/hob and turning the internal light in for a few seconds. As experiments go, it was quite interesting.