"52" Week 2 - Westcott Ice Light
So, I bought a lightsaber.
It doesn't really hurt anyone, it doesn't get hot, and it doesn't degrade in color from red to pink over the years. No, this lightsaber is singular in purpose -- it's daylight in a can. Specifically, it's a ton of daylight-balanced LEDs inside a tube, and it's awesome. It's the Westcott Ice Light.
I combined last week's Bokeh Wall experiment with some portraiture. The aim here was to get a simple, single-light setup on the subject with a single strobe in the back for the aluminum foil. I primarily bought the light for automotive light-painting, based on the recommendation of the fantastic Andrew Link, renowned automotive photographer. However, seeing as it's exactly hell-frozen-over degrees in New Jersey right now, I figured the better option was to remain indoors and take this for a spin. My friend and fellow amateur photog Scott joined me for some photos (he's a 49ers fan, if you couldn't tell).
I can see this definitely being useful for video work too, should it be needed. However, the best is yet to come with this thing.
I took an extremely haphazard preview shot (below) of what's to come in the next few weeks. I left it un-retouched so you could get a decent idea of the process. Once I can stand outside for more than 20 seconds without my fingers falling off, I'll be back with more light-painted cars. I can't wait.