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

  1. 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! 🙂

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