I recently traveled to the beautiful Garner State Park, Texas to photograph night shots which were to include light-painting.
This blog contains two images; though they were the exact same composition, and both taken after twilight, these are two very different images.
The first image is your “standard” light-painting and was taken after humanly visible light had vanished:
The second image also includes light-painting, and the process of capturing this image was started about 10 minutes after the photo above. However, this second image is a “stacked” image – I took 61 photographs, the first of which was the light-painting on the trees and “Old Baldy” then a further 60 images were taken without any light-painting (the last image is a “blank” which helps reduce the digital noise). Total exposure time equates to a little over 40 minutes. Each image had the exact settings of the first photo posted (above) and I compiled them using software that is dedicated to stacking images.
I could have (and should have) taken a single, 40 minute long-exposure image as this would also have a slightly different interpretation of the scene. That longer exposure would have had more digital noise but smoother star-trails.
So from the same scene and the same composition we can get multiple interpretations/photographs by using different photographic techniques.
Hope you enjoyed these images 🙂
I have previously posted blogs showing this location (Garner State Park, Texas) in Fall color: