As Bob Lussier and I were getting ready for our Historic Mills free photowalk this past weekend, we decided that we should do a brief walkthrough of our planned route so we would have a sense as to how much time to spend in various locations, etc. Joined by Mike Tully, we started walking along the route. After a little while, however, we decided that we knew exactly what we wanted to do for the photo walk, and that we would rather spend our timing trying out some light painting techniques inside the Stone Mill instead. (Although postponed a day due to the rain, the photo walk was a big success, and we’re already working on setting a date for another one later this summer. Stay tuned for more information soon.)
Anyway, this is one of my favorite images from our night time shoot. It was a little unnerving being inside the mills in the dark, but our excitement over the results made it very worthwhile. To create this shot, I shined a flashlight onto the chair and floor while the shutter was open, creating just enough light to illuminate it. I then masked the image of the chair onto another shot of the same scene that I exposed much longer to allow for sufficient ambient light. The outside light was mostly coming from the Everett Mill across the parking lot. This is definitely something we’ll try again soon.