From repairing a clogged sink to lighting your path, it’s easy to find practical uses for LED lights. And certainly, police officers, firefighters and inspectors can testify that LED flashlights can also serve well in professional situations. What fewer people anticipate, however, is that our LED lights can also be used to make art, as one light artist’s work proves.
Wes Whaley’s incredible collection of photographs on Flickr.com has won him plenty of accolades. His work often features a central figure surrounded by a brilliant mandala of light. Sometimes this colorful circle of light patterns looks like a halo; at other times, Whaley turns light lines into flames of fire. What we find most impressive about his photography is that he almost never alters it – it is “straight out of the camera” without any alterations post-shoot.
Perhaps you’re as amazed as we are by the paintings Whaley has created using LED lights. Our fascination drove us to research how this art is done. Light painting involves using artificial light to “draw” over long exposure times. “Exposure” refers to the amount of time the camera’s shutter is open. If you want to capture the movement of traffic at night, an exposure of just a couple of seconds would probably suffice. Whaley’s work, we’re guessing, requires several minutes at a minimum; it must take quite a while to draw all of those individual lines of light! And some long-exposure photographs, say, of the stars moving across a lake in New Zealand, could require hours of exposure. A tripod definitely comes in handy for light painting projects, since it’s nearly impossible to keep a camera still enough to avoid blurring during long exposures.
Something else Wes Whaley has found useful in his work: COAST LED lights. Light artists generally recommend using LED lights for long exposure photography, since LEDs naturally create a white tone of light similar to the light that is used in most night photography. (It is possible to paint with light during the day, but the effects are rarely as stunning as nighttime shoots.) Whaley’s tags express his delight in our powerful torches. He praises the COAST HP21 as a “1317-lumens beast” that can be seen from more than 300 yards away. We’re delighted that Wes has found such a gorgeous way to use our torches. If this post has inspired you to dabble in light painting, we recommend using our COAST lights – they’re brighter and more reliable than any other flashlights available today.
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