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All You Need is a Ceiling Fan, a Light Source, and Tape

Tonight I was camping out in my 5 year old granddaughter’s room, lying on a mat on the floor.

I looked up and saw the ceiling fan.

I  remembered a youtube demo of light writing.  Have been working on light writing at school with the students and thought I’d experiment.

Maura said the fan made her too cold so it was not a lengthy experiment.  Not as many variations as I would have liked to try.  I think it would work well with regular glow sticks.  She liked the way the photos looked, though. Crazy Grandma.

Photo-  light   graph – write

You need a darkened room.

Set your camera on bulb setting ( or long exposure)

      Manual focus

A tripod would have been useful.  I just braced it so it’s soft focus.

I used a Flashing/Glowing White Lighting Stick and tried three different settings.

You need some tape (that won’t damage the paddle) to attach the light source to a ceiling fan blade.

Here are  the Light Write Experiment results

Moving the camera around

Moving the camera around

 

Holding the camera as still as I could

Holding the camera as still as I could

 

 

 

 

With the Light Stick on blue

With the Light Stick on blue

 

Moving the camera around

Moving the camera around

 

Multicolor flashing setting on the Lightning Stick

Multicolor flashing setting on the Lightning Stick

 

 

 

Here is one I did at school with LED Christmas Lights, trying to make and intentional circle shape.

 

LED Christmas Lights in the Dark Room at school

LED Christmas Lights in the Dark Room at school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 responses

  1. Amazing photos Ruth!

    February 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    • Thanks Rainee. It was crazy fun to try it tonight.

      February 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

  2. Cool. What kid wouldn’t want to camp out with Grandma on a mat? You’re not Crazy Grandma. You’re Fun Grandma. :)

    February 23, 2014 at 12:05 am

  3. Makes me wish I had some grandkids to do this with!

    February 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

  4. Cool indeed!! Maura must have been very impressed :-)

    February 23, 2014 at 1:08 am

  5. You definitely make my mind soar creatively! Thank you Ruth

    February 23, 2014 at 2:04 am

  6. Sue Reinfeld

    That is so cool! My kind of art.

    February 23, 2014 at 7:26 am

  7. Marianne

    Your brain never stops!

    February 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

  8. You’re so clever!

    February 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

  9. Amy

    That is so creative! The last one is dramatic.

    February 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  10. Your grandchildren have all the fun!! I want a lightening stick!

    February 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    • Private message your address in email and I’ll send you one if you really want it Patti

      February 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  11. What a fun Grandma you are, Ruth. Fascinating images. :)

    February 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

  12. Cool!

    February 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  13. Very cool images, the colours are quite psychedelic!

    February 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

  14. Euthemia

    You are so creative!

    February 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  15. Quite sci-fi!

    February 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  16. wow, fantastic … now to try it out!

    February 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  17. Trippy photos! Very cool experiments.

    And instead of “Crazy Grandma”, I call you “Hip Grandma.” You’re one of the coolest grandmas I’ve met! :)

    February 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

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