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Close encounters with the HP17


Coast recently sent me some of their latest flashlights to try out. I was excited about the HP17 because it looked like a good mix of power, size, and affordability. What’s the first thing I do with it? Tape it to my chest! (more…)

Manual Lenses: Balancing Fire and Sky

dennis calvert light painting
The light work is only half of the equation in a light painting. Making sure the location is visible is just as important, if not more so. Using bright lights or pyro make it tough to get a nice balanced exposure that really shows off your environment. This, in turn, can render your act of trespassing and wading through muddy snake ridden waters entirely pointless. (more…)

Coast HP21

Coast HP 21

Coast HP 21

Recently, I’ve been testing out some of Coast’s latest and greatest offerings. I got this beast in the mail the other day. It’s rated at 1317 lumens lumens of LED goodness. When I first got it, I was thinking about large scale applications (as you can see by my initial test shot, first image below). On the second night of use, I started using it to illuminate not only the landscape but the model in the photo. I was blown away by the quality of the light falling onto a person’s face. It gives the effect of large studio lights and modifiers, but in an easy to carry torch.

This thing is built like a tank and I’m very pleased with the power efficiency. It lasts so much longer than any of the HID spots lights I’ve used and doesn’t have a hot spot in the center of the beam even when it’s in the spot light setting. No hot spot means you get very even lighting when using it for long exposure photography. If you are serious about light painting, this is THE flash light to own.

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