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'Light Goes On' - stunning video by light painter Darren Pearson

By dpreview staff on Oct 28, 2013 at 17:24 GMT

Darren Pearson is a 'light painter', who creates photographs and videos featuring elements that are 'painted' with light during long exposures. Most photographers have probably tried painting with light at least once, but Pearson takes it to a new level in his video 'Light Goes On', which features a skeleton (one of his common characters) drawn with light, skateboarding through various locations. 

The character of the skeleton is 'painted' with a small flashlight. Light Goes On was created over the course of a year from 700 individual long-exposure images stitched together to make just over one minute of footage.

Light Goes On - by Darren Pearson

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Total comments: 79
bladerunr50
By bladerunr50 (5 months ago)

What a great piece of work, thanks for the hard work that went into this Darren.

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genrxr
By genrxr (5 months ago)

People that are posting negative comments obviously have never light painted before or are just frustrated at their lack of imagination and creativity. I watched this and was blown away. The thought that came to my mind was oh my god this was a lot of work and no way, that is impossible.

First rate photography at its finest.

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Serge Yavorski
By Serge Yavorski (5 months ago)

Amazing!!! Now can you make money off of it? That's the question!

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BNapa
By BNapa (6 months ago)

Bravo. What a treat. This is one of those aha moments. We have all dreamt of doing something like this but never figured out how and never did it... but you did. For that we are grateful..

Darren, you-da-ma my friend. I am inspired to go out there and create images every time I come across a piece of work like yours. Truly stunning work. I can only imagine how difficult it was and how much work it took.

I keep forwarding this to all my photographer friends for them to be inspired as well.

Keep them coming.

You should approach Nike or other sports companies, if you have not already. They can pay you to do more of this type of work.

Good luck. I wish you much success.

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Dazzmon
By Dazzmon (6 months ago)

This is AMAZING work! I love every minute of it.

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thegoodpics
By thegoodpics (6 months ago)

Incredible concept, fantastic execution. Amazing amount of work. Great fun, really enjoyed it. Thank you Darren.

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RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (6 months ago)

At some points during the video, I think I see the silhouette of an obscured man behind the skeleton: could be the person who does the light painting with the small (probably bright LED) light.
But when the skateboarding skeleton is on his way from A to B and suspended in mid air in the frames that constitute that movement, I am still puzzled how the man behind can be there long enough to do the painting (must be at least several seconds).
Curious.
I once tried it (much simpler) in a single shot and that was fun.
Roel

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skogredd
By skogredd (6 months ago)

The "obscured man" I would think is there since in these paintings the painter in in front of the camera. I would assume he maybe traces an image that is placed behind the camera and where it should be in the frame.

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skogredd
By skogredd (6 months ago)

meant >from< where it should be placed. So no one has to float in the air, could even just hold light on stick.

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chrisdimitrak
By chrisdimitrak (6 months ago)

http://youtu.be/yMpv-exl2MY

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Light Capturer
By Light Capturer (6 months ago)

Brilliant Work!

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (6 months ago)

Very nice.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (6 months ago)

How does he DO that? I seriously need to see a behind the scenes, I am curious.

Keep sharing these fascinating works of art, Dpreview, you guys are on a veritable roll lately!

And so many cameras being covered too I see, there is a lot to catch up on and read, excellent ...

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peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

This is art. Buying expensive camera and lens to photograph super-boring subjects with super-shallow DoF is not.

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Beckler8
By Beckler8 (6 months ago)

I appreciate your point, but it's only your opinion. You don't decide what art is - no one does.

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fnannini
By fnannini (6 months ago)

Great!

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IanBarrigtonWebb
By IanBarrigtonWebb (6 months ago)

I find it extremely interesting and you are compelled to watch it all the way through, but it is very short and in my opinion could of done with other objects added into the video. For a more spectacular shoot. I do like it and hope they have something even better in the future... add more people doing horse riding, or fire juggling, and surfing, but with light..

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metsatsu
By metsatsu (6 months ago)

A man's one year work = many men's one minute visual pleasure

Personally, I enjoyed that one minute

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Jokica
By Jokica (6 months ago)

Amazing!

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Ron Lebel
By Ron Lebel (6 months ago)

Gosh what a lot of work! Gee, how well down. But ... yawn, why is it interesting beyond that? I admit I am not that dedicated, but dedication does not make your work interesting.

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eric23
By eric23 (6 months ago)

Simply amazing.

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arieswar
By arieswar (6 months ago)

words are not enough to tell how amazing is this

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leemanho
By leemanho (6 months ago)

Amazing

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brn
By brn (6 months ago)

To pull this off with a small flashlight is impressive. Unfortunately, it's not very interesting.

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T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

Not very interesting? Heck, most people can't even draw a skeleton that well on paper! Let alone life size, in the air, in the dark, 700 times, in perfect succession, with frame-to-frame movement, *complex* movements, over the course of a year, to form a stop-motion animation.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (6 months ago)

I think what he means is the end product. It doesn't matter if it's hard or not, the end product can "have it" or "not have it."

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Eric Stemen
By Eric Stemen (6 months ago)

This is absolutely fantastic! Very cool concept and super good video! Hope you get some serious work out of this!

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (6 months ago)

oh, not very interesting cos there aint any girls in bikini skating along with Mr.Dead ? ;-))

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mgblack74
By mgblack74 (6 months ago)

@brn What have you done lately?

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brn
By brn (6 months ago)

My critics missed my first sentence.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (6 months ago)

Okay for all the nay sayers here: Are you guys INSANE?!
Also if you don't like it, go and make a BETTER one, put up or shut up.

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brn
By brn (6 months ago)

Opinions are OK, yours included. They don't all have to be positive.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (6 months ago)

Not liking something as an art assessment does not in any way mean an obligation to do something better or similar work.

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Miwok
By Miwok (6 months ago)

@Raist3d Indeed, if you will never do anything, you will never be criticized :)

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

The dedication and effort into making this video is admirable.

...and yes, there is a market for these stuff: Music Videos et. al.

.

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Ran Plett
By Ran Plett (6 months ago)

That is some serious dedication. I would have used a stick figure. I mean why not have the skeleton riding a bicycle showing all the spokes?

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (6 months ago)

Unfortunately, today images are worthless. Other than advertising, the black art of capitalism.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (6 months ago)

Impressive piece of work! It takes a lot of patience and planning to bring that together...

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skytripper
By skytripper (6 months ago)

Cute... but a year's work?! I dunno...

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (6 months ago)

Triffic!

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keith james taylor
By keith james taylor (6 months ago)

any body remember the" old gray wistle test"

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babalu
By babalu (6 months ago)

Pablo Picasso did this 64 years ago :
http://life.time.com/culture/pablo-picasso-draws-with-light-1949/#1

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

Yes, nothing new nowadays we use is new tools or techniques, but the concept is the same.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

yeah well.. you have done nothing new in your entire life.. so what?

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sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (6 months ago)

If someone invented a time machine and dpr wrote about it, someone would complain in the comment section.

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babalu
By babalu (6 months ago)

Yes, I know someone who invented a comment about inventing a time machine, and complained about it.

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Buzz Lightyear
By Buzz Lightyear (6 months ago)

I do not find babalu or Digitall's comments demeaning to the photographer presented here, nor as complaints. They are neutral facts and instructive only (the link to Picasso's "light paintings" was fascinating -- thanks, babalu). I don't understand the derisive responses.

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MarkByland
By MarkByland (6 months ago)

Picasso may have but he didn't make a video of it that took over a year to compile. The idea may be old, but why don't we all just stop taking photos since every one before us already has.

Personally, I have a great deal of respect for the individual's dedication to getting the project done without abandoning it part way through. It's a nice idea and he should be credited as such. The persistence, alone, is worthy of praise.

Not too many people have an attention span that could see some thing like this through to the end.

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T3
By T3 (6 months ago)

Yeah, but did he do it 700 times in perfect succession to create a stop-motion animation? Pearson takes it to the next level, times 700! Not only that, Pearson's skeleton light drawing looks far, far better than Picasso's centaur.

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babalu
By babalu (6 months ago)

Yes, sure. Picasso, compared to Daren Pearson (for whom I have great respect, by the way), was merely a primitive unimportant blotcher who just played with light like today's kids play with crayons in kindergarten .... <sigh> ...

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

@Buzz Lightyear, you are correct. And babalu put a nice link for comparasion, and why I said there is nothing new today. In this case 64 years ago someone already did this, This is not an invention, but a reinvention.but someone forgot to read the previous comment, when I said that the video shows a remarkable job. Everyone sees what they want to see, and interprets its own way. life goes on ;)

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

I think that would be more correct, drawing with light, or writing with light, anyway is a remarkable work.

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ianimal
By ianimal (6 months ago)

Cool, and alot of work I guess.
The thing got a baby:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBDRUO8hAo

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (6 months ago)

completely different

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Najinsky
By Najinsky (6 months ago)

Is anything actually being painted here?

When I paint with light, I paint an object. So the object is in the scene, and during the long exposure I paint it with light from a flashlight. The object being painted is in the scene, the flashlight isn't.

But here it looks like the flashlight itself is the subject. I'm guessing he wore a dark outfit, went into the scene, drew the shapes in the air and then left the scene.

The mind boggles at how much effort this must have taken. Bet he got a lot of out-takes too!

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boogieboogie
By boogieboogie (6 months ago)

Splitting hairs....he's painting light onto the camera sensor...the resulting output is an image painted by light over time.

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VadymA
By VadymA (6 months ago)

Superb. I wish there was a video showing how he actually does it ...

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (6 months ago)

Amazing for light painting using a flashlight. This guy must be getting very good at drawing in thin air...

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jhinkey
By jhinkey (6 months ago)

Excellent.
Just goes to show how creative the human mind can be using a boring digital still camera.

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Rbrt
By Rbrt (6 months ago)

Love the skateboard LOL

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zigi_S
By zigi_S (6 months ago)

Wouldn't be easier to have lights sown onto the cloth?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

lol.. you don´t get it eh? :)

it´ not about easy. it´s about the technique.
if you want it easy i can do this in post with video editing much much faster, sure.

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coronawithlime
By coronawithlime (6 months ago)

No disrespect intended, but this seems like a great deal of intense effort and creativity poured into a project with an underwhelming result.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (6 months ago)

No disrespect intended, but it seems like a great deal of intense JEALOUSY and Blah Blah Blah poured into a comment with an overwhelming waste of time ;-).

- No intended disrespect indeed!!!!

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Irata
By Irata (6 months ago)

What's underwhelming in your opinion?

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (6 months ago)

Ken -why someone who didn't like the end work equates to someone jealous?

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (6 months ago)

ever heard of sourgrapes ? ;-))

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (6 months ago)

Yes, I have heard of sour grapes. The question is why his comment is necessarily sour grapes? Why is it jealously if one is giving a negative critique? One does not necessarily follow the other.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (6 months ago)

well then,my Question is, why his comment is´nt necessarily sour grapes?
and Why is it ` not´ jealously when one is giving a negative critique without showing something better of his own ,or atleast pointing someone else´s work which comes close?
sure ,one does not necessarily follow the other.but then one does not always diss the `other´ either.;-)
enjoy your corona with lime with coronawithlime ;-)))

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AmerK
By AmerK (6 months ago)

Bravo! Truly stunning. Well thought out and original for sure. Looking forward to see more.

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metsatsu
By metsatsu (6 months ago)

yup another few more years of waiting

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Dennis
By Dennis (6 months ago)

That's really impressive.

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Juck
By Juck (6 months ago)

That's just awesome.

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hotdog321
By hotdog321 (6 months ago)

Beautiful! And creative.

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DanielFjall
By DanielFjall (6 months ago)

I can only imagine how much time, effort, patience and talent it took to make this video. This really pushes the limits of what is possible with lightpainting and stopmotion.

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facedodge
By facedodge (6 months ago)

Why did you copy/paste the top two youtube comments?

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DanielFjall
By DanielFjall (6 months ago)

I figured I'd get a lot of likes by combining the two. I always try to get a lot of likes.

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Derek Dean
By Derek Dean (6 months ago)

I'm almost speechless at how beautiful that was....almost. The only word I can up with is supercalafragilisticexpealidocious.

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IanBarrigtonWebb
By IanBarrigtonWebb (6 months ago)

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