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Lightman Mexican Wave by Ningaloo Lightman Mexican Wave by Ningaloo
ISO 400, f/7.1, 26minutes. Me plus 6 helpers.
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Given 2011-01-16
Suggester Says: This is one of the most creative and well-done light paintings I have ever seen. It's incredibly surreal, and it's obvious how well planned and thought out this was and how much effort went into it. While I've seen a lot of people outlined in light paintings, I've never seen it done quite like this, especially in such a great amount. He has taken a relatively simple concept of light painting to a much greater level. I do believe that this photograph is very unique and of great quality.
Lightman Mexican Wave by ~Ningaloo ( Suggested by MadejyalookGraphics and Featured by Kaz-D )
:iconmarc-ryder:
marc-ryder Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very cool!!
Love the concept and creativity..

Keep it up
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SRussellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
featured [link]
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DanielZrno Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is... bah, I just see it's been said in the DD description below =P
Congrats on the DD then, you deserve it. It's a fun photo, and I bet the "making of" has been even more fun :D
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:iconvileyonderboy:
VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic utterly stunning! I really want to know how you make the people.
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:iconchicamiseria:
chicamiseria Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow! amazing! great work!
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:iconpetrograf:
PetroGraf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What do you do this efect Wow!
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
glowsticks + time!
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:iconphiloscircles:
Philoscircles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, that's awesome!
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:iconuchihatj23:
uchihatj23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconepicbadge1plz::iconepicbadge2plz:
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:icondrtongs:
drtongs Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
sick bro!!!! that is a masterpiece. 26 min love it. great dedication.
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:icondrtongs:
drtongs Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
sick bro!!!! that is a masterpiece. 26 min love it. great dedication.
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:iconcrazychickenworld:
CrazyChickenWorld Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
That's pretty wicked!!!
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:iconhaystackbouncer:
haystackbouncer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
that's cool ^.^
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:icontrue-soldier:
true-soldier Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome.
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:iconsilverzeo:
SilverZeo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist
This almost something from Reboot!
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InsatiablyDvus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
very cool
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:iconjennytheturtle:
JennytheTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Photographer
That's crazy! :D
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:icondevilchild93:
Devilchild93 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
That is so awesome.
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:iconangeljasiel:
AngelJasiel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like colorful ghosts, beautiful picture.:love:
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:iconchipwhitehouse:
ChipWhitehouse Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I am extremely confused. I don't know what I'm looking at to be honest :confused: It looks incredible... I'm just not sure how it was achieved :confused:
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:icontak4eva:
tak4eva Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
omg... so sick :O
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
How did you do that?
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KIARAsART Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
huh? How did you do that?! You did some post working, right!?
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
As I commented a bit earlier this is a single exposure with only the smallest of adjustments back home via Picasa 3. Absolutely NO Photoshop trickery.
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:iconkiarasart:
KIARAsART Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes I actually thought so, but how did you do that? I am astonished. Please tell me :).
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
MOst outstanding.
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:iconcaptainbobbin:
captainbobbin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Verily awesome dude, keep up the goodness :D
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:iconsammiegavin:
SammieGavin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't stop staring :omfg: It's so detailed!
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Another-Person Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
My mind is blown. This is the best light art I have ever seen.
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:iconcremecoco:
CremeCoco Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Artist
There seems to be a lot of people on team Neon Yellow....
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Yeah, on review that was one of the downers. Yellow was somewhat overpowering. Some of the lightmen were maybe a little rushed too as some don't hold much impact, even some that were done towards the end of the 26 minutes. I would have liked star trails too but that would being greedy.
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CremeCoco Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Artist
Well,I hope your next pic comes out awesome, and you get a good daily devition.Your bound to get another!
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kiwifrog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
This is soo amazing. I can't stop staring at it.
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lostguilmon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
how do you save or record the pics you paint on?.. the glow doesnt last to long :c
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
The glow sticks I use are surprisingly bright and as you can see they are powerful enough to have a lasting impact on a 26 minute exposure. The even have a feint glow 24 hours after first cracking them.
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
He left the camera shutter open for 26 minutes. This along with a properly set ISO and f/stop will allow all the light to be registered on a single frame.
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katrinaaa92 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
incredible.
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roach-lord Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Video please! this is an incredible piece of work, and I want to know how you guys did it!
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Slavky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I just don't get it how did you do it :omg: I know how you can paint with lights on photos but this is too perfect... the shapes... everything!!! Did you have some lighting suits or something?
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
No light suits!!!! Only glow sticks. I might try a video one night of lightmen in action and link it back to this thread.
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Like to see that. :thumbsup:
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:iconslavky:
Slavky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
no way! :omg: that had to be really hard to draw a human this perfect... !! I'd be really glad to see the vid!
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xXEvermoreXx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
how did you leave the shutter open for 26 minutes without the picture becoming over exposed?
awesome concept
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
26 mins?.... Dark place, not too much light pollution, experiment with aperture. Trying out star trails is a good way to get a feeling for it.
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xXEvermoreXx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thanks for the advice, I just need to find a cable release now :)
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
16Jan11, 15:23
Rather than give everyone individual feedback I'd like to just say I am blown away the comments and favourites received.
I did have a test run on my own a couple of months ago (you'll find it somewhere in here: [link]) in which I managed to make 25 or so lightmen in 27+ minutes. As soon as I reviewed that photo on the camera screen I knew I had to take it further.
So I invited (badgered) a load of local Flickr people to come and help me super-size it a bit. Luckily for me they were all willing and those that were available to help met up with down the athletics track.
The process is actually very simple and involves 'painting' yourself with a glow stick many times. This image took over 26 minutes to do but it seemed more like just 6 minutes - it went really quickly.
There is almost no editing to this image. I have only applied the smallest 'slider' adjustments in Picasa 3. The same applies to most of my LP stuff unless it goes horribly wrong in which case I'll try and do something nuts with it or just delete it.
I'm still an LP noob but I do have plenty more ideas to try out, including some more large scale ones that I'll be seeking help with. Please do stay tuned in the coming months!
Once again, thanks everyone for positive vibes.
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:iconningaloo:
Ningaloo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Oh, I totally forgot to give due credit to the man who inspired me to take the lightmen photos to another level. His name is David and you'll find his own light painting journey here: [link] Do pay him a visit if you have a few minutes.
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DerSeher Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
great idea
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zelda-pianogirl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is unbelievable.
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Shareeef Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's more than great!
A picture that will inspire a lot of others (=
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