When you have two kids and one of them is 6 (the other almost 2) you can get very creative in thinking and doing when it comes to getting ideas for shoots. Kids never sit still and there attention span isnt the biggest in the world. How do you make sure you let them sit still? You think outside of the box and create new stuff out of nothing.
That is what I did with these pictures. I tried new stuff after an evening of playing with torches, flashes, bike rims, lights, gels and xmas decoration. It opend a new world for me. And the best thing of this new hobby called lightpainting is the fact that my 6 year old can join in and see her work instantly. I let her run acros the room with a bundle of leds, a torch with red gels on top of it, and she makes the most beautifull painting.
I cant let her play with steel wool ofcourse. That would be dangerous. But I can play with it myself. And you know what? It got accepted. And I would have never thought that. Because the steel wool pictures that got accepted last night, are truly the first 2 I made since I found out what you can do with it. How lucky is that?
Getting creative also means you get your recourses from locations you would normally never thought of, without paying a dime for it. The orbs are made with a bike rim, xmas lights and a cut of broomstick. I made the wife made with cutting the broom, but she was delighted to here her cutoff broom made it to Dreamstime :-)
This proofs that thinking outside the box and let your kids play with light, gets your images accepted :-) Since those two experimentes, I filled a whole box with leds, torches, flashes, gels, rims, and all short of little things I can play with doing lightpainting. If you want to try it, search Dreamstime for Lightpainting or steel wool and youll see a few examples.
Have fun, and think outside the box. Its better outside the box.
Photo credits: Robert Wiggers.