How this photographer ‘paints’ using light

Photographer Anoop Upaasana flashes a torchlight, weaving transferring beams of patterns on skinny air at the hours of darkness. At first look, his fast, wavy hand actions make one surprise what he endeavours to shine the light on. In half a minute, he turns off the light and dashes off to his digicam perched on a desk to test the preview. Amazingly, the show display frames what seems like a minimalist panorama sketch in streaks of dazzling white towards a pitch-black backdrop.

For the previous six years, Anoop has been experimenting with ‘light portray’, a photographic method that captures a transferring light supply in lengthy publicity to create painting-like photos. “In light painting, the light source essentially acts as the paintbrush. It is all about playing with the camera’s shutter speed,” says Anoop, a local of the Nilgiris who’s now settled in Kochi, Kerala.

A celeb vogue lensman and film nonetheless photographer, Anoop says he initially struck upon the thought of light artwork whereas working in a brief movie for director Sarathchandran Wayanad. “There were several shots that were set against a smoky atmosphere in the film. Then I started experimenting with capturing images of smoke emanating from incense sticks and drawing patterns with it. Later, I started using a mobile phone torch and now employ a hand torch that gives me better grip and control,” says the 42-year-old.

A light painting by Anoop Upaasana

He often units the shutter velocity to 30 seconds, the longest usually permitted in customary DSLRs. “That leaves me with a small window of time and hence the handwork needs to be quick. It helps to have a pre-visualisation in mind and each stroke needs to be perfect. I also experiment with a variety of lens depending on what I draw,” he explains, including that he typically goes for a number of takes for the proper composition of his chiaroscuro works.

A light painting of Mahatma Gandhi by Anoop Upaasana

Light work will also be executed using the Bulb mode in digicam, which permits for a handbook shutter velocity, however Anoop does not go for that. “For one, I will have to rope in somebody to keep the button pressed and I take to this hobby at random times when I get free. Also the Bulb mode is distracting and may distort the final product,” he says.

Some of his light work incorporate shades of pink in them and Anoop says that’s caused by pink glow of his fingers that seems whereas cupping the light supply. So, why not use color lights for brighter, varicoloured works? “Because I have about 30 seconds and can’t change positions. You need a seamless sequence while drawing,” says the photographer, including that he doesn’t edit the images in any respect.

A light painting of Mahabali by Anoop Upaasana

Anoop, who’s the elder brother of filmmaker and lensman Aneesh Upaasana, typically zooms in on modern issues of “social relevance” for his topics, aside from making an attempt ‘define sketches’ of historic and mythological figures, as an example Mahatma Gandhi and Mahabali. He did a collection of light work put up the floods that struck Kerala. At different instances, it’s easy landscapes, just like the one on a moonlit riverside. He is presently engaged on a ‘Corona collection’, revolving round “masks and hospitals”.

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