Jan 2014 Urbex #4

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. A conveyor belt, presumably a sorting machine. David's brake lights randomly turn on every now and again, and they did this while I was setting up the test shot. Test shot came out quite nicely, so I lit this with my other light saber (which still has a working red LED).

Jan 2014 Urbex #2

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. This is the silo and assorted supporting parts. Lit by my lightsaber buried under a pile of rubbish. The red LED died (or maybe just disconnected) part way through this. A challenge in this shot was the high temperature (even at midnight) causing higher than normal sensor noise.

Jan 2014 Urbex #1

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. Pictured here is my lantern lighting up a wall with paint splatters.

Point Danger Lightpainting #2

I set up the camera on tripod with a minute delay, and hopped down to the sand to for this photo. I called it off about two minutes in because I was getting bitten on my head by mozzies!

Point Danger Lightpainting #1

I remember these steps from when a group of us stayed at Coolangatta in 2000 (Beach House!). (Actually this is a ramp that has been added since then - the steps were too well-lit.) I set the camera up on tripod and a 30 second delay, then walked down into frame with the light saber during the 3 minute exposure.

Seven Hills TAFE – June #12/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. Al did a steel-wool burn in the ceramics block. I accidentally left my camera on the wrong settings and this shot was overexposed. Al did another one for my benefit, but the first one actually turned out better. In addition to the burn, there was a flash of blue light from the right of frame.

Seven Hills TAFE – June #11/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. Some more practicing lighting using the light sabres. One blue, one purple, against the far wall.

Seven Hills TAFE – June #10/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. For this picture, I stood still while Al light painted around me with the light sabers (one on red, one on purple). This also lit up the room. He painted for about 30 seconds, and then we ducked out of frame and left the shutter open for another few minutes to catch the ambient light.

Seven Hills TAFE – June #9/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This is me practicing some light painting of my own, using my two light sabers (one on red, one on blue).

Seven Hills TAFE – June #7/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. These are the electrics for the AC plant room. Lights set up by Mick (he spent ages placing them, and I slipped in at the end to take this shot).

Seven Hills Tafe #3 Orb

If ever you've wanted or needed a reason to shoot raw, here is one. I arrived late to the location and didn't check my settings before starting to shoot. I thought the shot was a write-off, but with nothing to lose, I fiddled with sliders in Lightroom and ended up with this result.

Seven Hills Tafe #2

Alan Warren, AKA The Best Photographic Buddy A Guy Could Have, obtained permission to be on the property and access these abandoned buildings. I arrived (very) late, and then hung around after everyone else had gone home. This picture is a composite of two shots. I tried a few different ideas, but my attempts to do this in one shot weren't working out. I was starting to get a bit creeped out being along in this place and I didn't have the patience to do a full five minute exposure. The first shot of this composite was me shining the torch directly at the lens for about half a second during a 30 second exposure. When this did not capture any of the ambient scene, I took the second shot with me behind the camera, lighting the scene with the screen of my phone for a 25 second exposure. I then combined them in Photoshop (details below).

Seven Hills Tafe #1

Alan Warren, AKA The Best Photographic Buddy A Guy Could Have, obtained permission to be on the property and access these abandoned buildings. A few things worked against me this time: I have broken my 18-55 lens, so no wide angle; plus Evelyn wouldn't sleep, so by the time I got there, everyone was packing up. Alan, Ollie and Sam very kindly came back in with me and Ollie did some more light painting, though without wide angle lens, I wasn't able to capture them effectively. When the boys set off home, I stayed behind to set up some shots. This shot was of me walking down the hall, pointing the floor as I ambled along for about 45 seconds. The dark line on the left is a shadow created because I was carrying the torch in my right hand. For the last 15 seconds, I lit up the room at the end of the hall from the doorway, which also resulted in my silhouette.

The Making of Mick’s Jump Shot

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane... for light painting. Oliver was there as well, and he light-painted the floor. Alan set off the flash manually on the count of three. I was further back and took a "making of" shot. Mick's shot is here.

Drain Orb

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane south... for light painting. Oliver was there as well, and he painted this great scene. I was further back and took a "making of" shot - though I think it works better cropped as I've done here.