Long Exposure Light Painting

Hans Martin Lukerstuen makes magic by painting pictures with light.


Light painting in 3D is the same idea as in 2D but like all 3D photography it reveals more information about the “event” that adds to the visual experience. To do it you need a tripod to keep the cameras from moving. You also need cameras that can do long exposures, also known as bulb exposures. It is usually done at night or in a dark environment.

The idea is the longer the exposure, the more light the cameras accumulate to eventually get a “correct” exposure, often making night look like day. In some cases we are talking about a few minutes of exposure. In that time a light source is moved around the scene and leaves light trails because it is bright. The person moves too but does not register in the image or only shows up as a transparent ghost since he/she is not that bright (no pun intended).

Enjoy the light show below courtesy of Hans:

Hans has some awesome light painting images below on this page and on his Flickr pages here.

About Hans Martin Lukerstuen from Norway.

I got into stereo photography when I saw some examples at a science fair in Oslo in 2004. At first I went around taking cha-chas with my cell phone, before I found out about the various stereo camera rigs available on the web.

Having taken pictures for a long time, I became very fascinated with the possibility to capture the world as it actually is in 3 dimensions. I often compare it to taking color photos back when everybody else did black and white. Add to that the awesome effect of making light art, you can get a peek into a world of night, where people are shades, and streaks, orbs, and wisps of mystic light rule. It’s simply magic.”





3 Responses to Long Exposure Light Painting

  1. This article is so informative, creative and inspiring, thanks!
    I enjoy the sample pictures very much.

  2. David Kesner says:

    The light painting in these images add yet another dimension to an already multi-dimensional image.

  3. Hans Martin T. Lukerstuen says:

    Yeah. I like to think of them as 4D photos as they capture all 3 spacial dimensions + time.

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