Even though we now have the ease being able to see exactly what we shoot on a digital camera, light painting still proves to be very tricky especially when you're experimenting for the first time. Photographer Brian Matthew Hart has proven he is the master of light painting by creating some incredible multiple exposure mosaics. Very much like a puzzle; each image consists of hundreds of individual exposures to make up a much larger composite image. The featured image is 6 feet wide by 9 feet tall and is made up of 324 individual exposures.
"I use these tiny lights that were originally made for night fishing. You put them in your bobbers to see when you have a bite at night. The disc golf community started using them to play disc at night by taping them to the disc so you can see where it ends up. They're called Nite Flite Lites. They're great for drawing as they have such a fine 'point', and give off a nominal amount of ambient light - so as to maintain an 'unpolluted' background."
In this particular series titled hands, Brian states
"each image started off as a traditional photograph; a reference image to use as a scaffolding of sorts in order to construct these composite images. Those original reference photographs were then fed into a computer, sliced into their respective 24 sections and printed out as 12" x 18" paper prints. So with my paper reference prints beside me, I sat in a dark room at one end of a low table. At the other end of this table sat a camera on a tripod, pointed at me. Between myself and the camera was a large piece of cardboard, standing perpendicular to the surface of the table - a 12" x 18" window, or matte, was cut out of the center of it, and slightly outside the boundaries of this window is where the camera was focused. I then turned a tiny lamp on beside me, looked at the first paper reference print, memorized the lines and shapes and forms within it, turned the lamp off and used the tiny pin LEDs to draw within the cardboard window."
Surprisingly, each exposure (144 individual images) was captured without any manipulation involved.
Below are images not currently featured on his website.