German Lightpainting at the Palais de Tokyo

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This is one of my favourite photographic things : Lightpainting.

It’s just fun, fun & fun for the people taking pictures but also the participants in the light effects we create. This time we chose to settle down at the Palais de Tokyo, a strange spot in western Paris that is pretty dark at night while being right in the middle of the city. You got a large area there with a pool of water, stairs, walls with sculptures of which some offer quite strange faces and the whole thing is really quiet.

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For this session I fixed a 1m 6000°K LED bar that would allow to generate powerful lighting effects  when hold away from the camera (front lighting proved to be way too strong). I brought also steel wool and magic candles to do some firepainting but the award of LED devices innovation definitely goes to Thomas, a german guy working in LED lighting and who brought tons of stuff (bars, rings, strips). We had so much stuff that we couldn’t try everything as much as we wanted. The session lasted from 20:30 to 2:00 and after a last drink downtown we went home with a load of veeery original pictures.

So we gathered there around 20:30pm, 6 germans living in Paris and went for a nice improvised picnic before we started the hostilities. And I must say we had a lot of fun. Inspiration was there and we went rushing from one light effect to another.

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Interesting thing : That place is also home to some gothic people playing around with firesticks & balls, candles, torches…a little Corvus Corax music would have done the trick 🙂 They allowed us to get some additional pics of a different kind. The spot is definitely special and fits completely around their quite mystic stuff, playing middle age games.

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At the end of the session with the spot getting empty, we managed to do the big game firepainting, shooting pics across the waterpool and me throwing a large ball of steelwool of with fragments would fly more than 20m away. Nice pic.

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If you want to see more about Lighpainting pics & sessions lookem up here : Lightpainting

 

 

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