Light Painting

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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  • Dennis, when you exposed for the model inside, did you just hold the light stationary and turn it on and off or did you move it around? How long was the exposure on just the model, not the starbursts. I have been playing with the CN160 for traditional photography and am loving the results, but the lights turn on via dimmer and don’t know if they would be good for LP, but I plan on trying them soon.

    • Dennis

      Mike, I moved the light from top to bottom and scanned across the model in less than two seconds. I’m think the cam was set to f/9 ISO 100. Using a light this bright you can move the source across your subjects quickly, reducing the chance of ghosting. With the dimmer switch on the light you have it may take some testing to get a smooth flow. I would be interested to know how it works out.

  • Brilliant work Dennis, Ive been following your work for a while now and taken quite a bit of inspiriation from your light painting work. I really like the simplicity of this shot, the lighting of the model looks quite warm which suprised me did you use any gels for this shot?

    • Dennis

      The flash light is a bit cooler in color. In the shot above I used manual white balancing to warm up the light. I have used gels on the flash light when mixing it with warmer light sources. Works like a charm.