Light Painting in the Brazos Drive In
The Brazos Drive In is a working drive in theater here in Granbury that I thought would make a good light paining. Here's what I learned by making this picture of the concession stand.
- Here's the location on Google Maps to give you an idea of the surroundings. The high school sports complex is behind this building and all the lights were on.
- The photo is from this angle as there was less light, a busy road is less than 100 yards behind the camera, as is more city lights from the fire station, apartment complex and residential areas.
- 5 photographs, each with an 8 minute exposure, f11, ISO100 at 24mm.
- I used an SB800 flash with a blue gel, triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus X. The flashes are hidden on the second row of chairs.
- Doing some crappy math (which means I figure that since the flash is farther away at each successive station and would therefore need more light to be even), I started from camera left to right., I fired the flash 5 times at the first spot, 6 and the second, 7 at the third, lost count at fired maybe 12 at the fourth spot (should have fire 8) and then 9 at the 5th spot.
- You can see the bright spot on the ceiling from too many flashes at the 4th station.
- I started at 9pm. I should have waited until later, or another time so the background lights were less.
- I should have taken a "no-flash" picture at a 3 to 5 minute exposure to have the interior lights dimmer.
Not a terrible photograph, but I'll shoot it again making some additional changes.