Whitehaven Light Painting

This is a mobile phone shot of car light trails cast on the streets of Whitehaven, close to the towns 500-year-old* historic port. This is my first attempt at painting light trails onto a photo, and I’m incredibly pleased at the outcome. I hope you like it.

  • Light painting is an imaging technique that uses a moving light source to add light to an under-illuminated subject while taking a long-exposure photograph.
  • My photo was captured, with an exposure of 126 seconds.

The streets of Whitehaven were wet last night following rain, which aided in the production of this photo – the reflecting glossy streets added to the overall atmosphere.

Whitehaven Light Painting
Whitehaven Light Painting

*The existence of a harbour or landing place at Whitehaven can be traced back to the early 16th century when quay-dues – otherwise known as wharfage – were recorded in 1517.

10 Comments

  1. wezlo says:

    126 seconds? Wow. What were your camera settings? And did you end up using filters?

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    1. Baldy says:

      All done on my phone. No filters.

      Settings were: Auto focus. Auto W/B. 126 seconds, F/2.2, ISO 64, 27mm.

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  2. Steve Hadeen says:

    Great image Baldy! I’ve never known a mobile camera to be able to do a long exposure of that nature. Is it an app you use or does your phone actually have that capabilit?

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    1. Baldy says:

      This phone has that ability Steve, but the light painting image was done with a preset on the camera.

      I can have full manual control, save RAW images, etc. It has all the bells and whistles that other phones have too.

      It’s the Honor P9 64Gb, made by Huawei – it’s probably out of date now. Lol.

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      1. Steve Hadeen says:

        Must have that extra oomph over my iPhone 8+. I can use an app to donlong exposure or mimic long exposure through Apple Camera but not that long. Nice!

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      2. Baldy says:

        It’s all easier in auto 😂

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  3. I love how this turned out!

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  4. John says:

    Very nice! I had no idea a mobile device can do this…

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    1. Baldy says:

      They’re getting much more advanced on every model released. I can’t wait for the day one is released with a buffing pad on the rear for shining my head 😁 😜

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  5. kyleoyier says:

    Nice post

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