Zoom pulling - lightpainting with focal length changes during the exposure

One of the things I haven't seen many examples of in lightpainting is zoom pulling. This is where a zoom lens is pulled or twisted either in a smooth motion or a staccato fashion. I may not have been the first to do this but it sure is fun to experiment:



For these shots you need a continuous light source; here I've used my LED Lenser X21r2 mounted on a tripod. The trick for the halo effect is for the flashlight to be point directly at the lens 'down the barrel' That way, when someone stands in the way of the light you end up with a halo. The light distance varies a little but a good start point is about 8mtrs behind the subject and you can experiment for different effects.

These shots were created in one photographic exposure and are not Photoshop creations. I've used a Sony A7 full frame camera with a Sony 16-35mm lens at 35mm.

About me: I usually specialise in shooting lightpainting images but occasionally dabble in urbex and artistic model photography. I'm always on the lookout for someone to collaborate with; please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to create art.

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Loving it so much. I really need to allocate more play time in the kitchen 🤦‍♂️

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13.02.2020 21:31

Thanks Gunnar, these shots were 'in the wild' in various abandoned buildings. I've got a shot in mind where I zoom pull in the kitchen, hopefully it will work!

13.02.2020 21:43
Manually curated by the Qurator Team. Keep up the good work!
13.02.2020 22:02

Wohoooo nice shots and interesting effects.

13.02.2020 23:05