Experimental

gary churchThis is the result of a little experiment Tabula Rasa and I did with some high intensity glow sticks.  While it is far from perfect it has inspired us to try more night shots in the future.  The nice thing about glow sticks is that they don’t emit too much light and draw too much attention, but at the same they also don’t put out enough light to overcome the street lamp illumination during a long exposure.  I’ve got an idea or two that involves being cheaper than buying professional gear while also offering us more portability and the ability to run on batteries.  We’re working on another couple of ideas and may be scouting some new locations as we enter the new year so I promise the blog will pick up sometime in the next week or so.  We love Gary Indiana to bits, but we’ve run out of new locations and are looking for something new to explore while we investigate some of our more artistic approaches to our favorite places.

11 responses

  1. Cool idea!!! :)

    December 22, 2013 at 2:40 am

    • Thanks, Tabula Rasa gets to to take most of the credit for this one, I just happened to tag along :)

      December 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

  2. Very nice!!!

    December 22, 2013 at 3:12 am

  3. WOW!! This image and the idea behind it is incredible! How I love night shooting and the idea with the glow sticks spark my interest. We will have to give it a try this year. As usual, your images pull me in- the light is perfect and brings an eeriness to the church… Perfect!

    December 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

    • Thanks! we were a little on the impatient side and didn’t wait for full dark, next time we will! I’ve found some nice bright flashlights that should have strong enough output to run with gels over them for color so that’ll be interesting. I look forward to seeing what you come up with, the glow sticks we used were military grade high intensity and only last for 5 to 10 minutes before they start fade out. They’re still pretty useable for a bit though.
      Thank you so much for your kind words, it is really encouraging.

      December 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      • Thanks for the tip with the glow sticks! We will definitely give it a try!

        December 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  4. Amazing picture, I can’t keep my eyes off it!

    December 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  5. This shot is amazing, my favorite from you all-time. Everything works just right for me, and the idea to use glow sticks is just a genius outside-the-box idea for urbex photography. Credit to the quality on PP as well, it’s the middle bowl of porridge.

    December 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    • Aw shucks, you’re too kind! I lost count of how times I tried processing this set, glad you love it so well!

      December 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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