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Long Exposure July 11, 2005

Posted by dhar in Misc.

A box of matches, a power failure, a camera and an idle mind mixed together. What do you get? A long exposure shot with the burning matchstick being moved around in random fashion.

Dying to try this out with a Diwali sparkler!



1. Jeet - July 12, 2005

I recently saw a photoset on flickr, People had made some REALLY nice shapes from this..


2. Dhar - July 12, 2005


Had a look at the snap on BoingBoing.

Not really sure how that was made. Was there someone behind the person in picture who actually used sparklers to outline him?

Details are not given on either BoingBoing or the guys flickr page. Do you have any idea how it was done?


3. Jeet - July 12, 2005

Mujhe laga bada obvious hai.. all photos on this page


look as if camera was set on long exposure setting.. and someone with sparkles in hand moved them in such a manner that it creates these shapes.. the first image (of heart) looks pretty easy to make.. doesn’t it?

4. Dhar - July 12, 2005

Most of the ones in the Flickr set are easy to do. But the one I was talking about is this one

Somehow not sure how this one got done.


5. Anonymous - July 12, 2005

the snap you have linked looks like it has been worked upon on photoshop. and then again, am not even an amateur photographer.
your snaps are improving dude, and whats more, you are actually posting them!
now, am asking real nicely here, would you please tell us what happened to the snaps you clicked on the 8th of March 2004?
Yes, that would be mugs’ wedding day.
thank you,

6. Jeet - July 12, 2005

hmm. i see. I am sure this one involved more than one person..

1. We should see blurred hands as we see in so many other photographs.

2. The light is starting from a point where he/she would have to bend to get it right. I don’t see that much of downward head movement.

3. Depth wise the sparkles are more aligned to be on back of this person. See the left hand (on right side) and left leg. Anytime you want to produce the effect, don’t count on me to be the dummy.. anyways you will have difficulty reaching top of my head :))

7. Dhar - July 12, 2005

Dont worry, I wont make you the dummy. We will grab someone else for that.

Yaar, Mugs ke shaadi ka photos will have to be dug up from another hard drive. Currently that drive is with a friend who is in Malaysia. 😦


8. Anonymous - July 12, 2005

Jose took a beautiful pic catching amazing flashes of lightening, with an exposure time of almost 8 seconds. Ask him for it, you’ll like it.

-pc (insisting on being referred to as ‘pc’ and not ‘PC’)

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