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#261299 Recent Work - Laser Show

Posted by Art on 11 June 2019 - 12:34 PM

As I mentioned earlier, I was on a location shoot for a corporation and part of the assignment was shooting a Laser Show.  I went into this completely blind as I had no idea what a Laser show was. This had to be figured out on the spot!


So, this glittery guy comes on stage with an audience of over 200 people watching.  The image you see below is my standard flash capture ...


All images shot with D850

Nikkor 24-70

Nikon SB-910

all hand held








Now, he starts the light show.  See the stick?  It is a laser stick of sorts and the faster he spins is, the more of a show he puts on.  Didn't really capture any of this as the flash blew out the laser lights.  So, you had to start thinking fast.... blowing it from the start.


He picks up bowling pins and starts juggling them ... again, they are laser lights.... still blow it.  You have to see this with the naked eye, you are fooled into seeing big streaks of light.  The flash just blows all that away.


See below... I am starting to get the idea .....






ISO 100


I am going for a long exposure and a blast of flash.  Just experimenting.  Still failing.








Starting to look better .... 






ISO 100


Finally, nail it as he starts to spin some of the batons faster and faster to put on a billboard effect.  You can read words on some of these if you look carefully.  No idea how he did this.








2 second exposure seemed to be the one, with the flash blasting at the end.  What a relief I captured these as the light show was all they talked about.


I remembered from experiments we did in my flash class, you could set the camera to a very very low shutter speed but because the flash blast was for a very short duration, you could freeze the action.


So, the 2s exposure caught the light, the flash caught the rest.  And, it worked.

#261261 Incredible Edible Egg

Posted by Art on 08 June 2019 - 01:03 PM


Thanks, Art.  They were very tasty.  ;)


Your mastery of light for still images is really improving! I am very impressed.

#261254 Murten, Switzerland

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 06:42 PM

Beautiful place.

#261253 Gruyerarian Landscape, Switzerland

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 06:41 PM

Really, spectacular view and countryside.



#261244 Common Starling

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 02:18 PM

I know they are considered pests in some parts, but their coloring is really nice! 


Very good capture, Herman.

#261243 Nikon Z6 & Z7 Firmware Update Version 2.00

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 02:17 PM

I have booked a Z6 and a 500mm lens from NPS for the Superbike Races in August!  SOOOOOOOOO looking forward to that weekend.

#261236 Somebody left their lights on!

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 01:28 PM

That is a BEEEEAUTY!  WOW!  Beautiful condition as well.


Very nice, Herman!

#261222 Creation by Giger for Ridley Scott's Alien movies.

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 10:17 AM

Very nice, Herman.  I am a huge fan of the Alien series.  A masterpiece in science fiction, in my books.... the original movie.  Hollywood has a way of ruining a good story and the Alien franchise is no different. Aliens was good and then it went downhill in a handbasket, very quickly.  I actually like Prometheus and Convanent.  Looking forward to the next movie.

Did you eat at the restaurant? I will bet that would be an experience.  Sounds like you are having a great trip!

#261221 Creux-du-Van, Switzerland

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 10:14 AM

Very nice, Herman. Beautiful countryside.  Thanks for sharing these.

#261212 Mountains & Lakes, Switzerland

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 09:48 AM

Beautiful! Nice series, Herman.

#261211 Ibex Mountain Goat

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 09:45 AM

All nice images, Herman.

#261207 Room with a (Swiss) view...

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 09:37 AM

Wow, lovely countryside.

#261205 Skywalker...

Posted by Art on 07 June 2019 - 09:34 AM

Very nice, I admire cities that appreciate different forms of Art.  That is very cool.

#260659 This is a .... PHONE!

Posted by Art on 05 April 2019 - 07:18 PM

Thats a phone, must be April 1st.


No April 1st ... that is a PHONE! ;)

#260658 This is a .... PHONE!

Posted by Art on 05 April 2019 - 07:17 PM

Haha... not really back to front Art... in NZ in the early days of automatic telephone exhanges each city ran their own system... the capital city, Wellington , decided its system was best when the cities(areas) could call each other the Wellington dial became universal... the zero was in the same position but one where 9 is..etc.This is the reason our emergency number is 111 rather then 999, or variants. After zero a series of ones (9 in the other dial) is least likely to be accidently dialed. In modern electronic telecom gear most other emergency numbers are also recognised..for visiting foreigners.





OK, I trust you!  :P