Finnish light-portray photographer Hannu Huhtamo has shared a intriguing at the rear of-the-scenes search at how he recently developed a photo of gentle swans floating on a lake.

Huhtamo is a Helsinki-centered photographer who has been combining light-weight artwork and prolonged publicity photography considering that 2008. His intricate mild portray images have now captured the Internet’s attention for about a decade and have been showcased in exhibitions all-around the globe.

While a huge percentage of Huhtamo’s operate reveals abstract light paintings in several landscapes, Huhtamo is also expert at drawing additional recognizable subjects with light, as his swan picture, titled Serenity, proves.

Here’s a 56-second online video shot by Huhtamo’s spouse, Sanna, displaying how he thoroughly paints in every single of the areas of the swans with many kinds of lights:

Although any camera that supports prolonged or indefinite exposure periods can be used for light-weight portray pictures, light painting photographers typically do not see what they’ve made right up until after a very long publicity is completed — Huhtamo’s use of an Olympus camera permits the photo’s progress to be previewed dwell as he’s portray with light-weight.

“Olympus cameras have a exceptional attribute known as Dwell Composite mode that allows you to established the foundation exposure time and then the camera stacks several frames (exposures) into 1 graphic in serious-time,” writes Huhtamo on Facebook, as spotted by Electronic Camera Entire world. “I don black dresses and I’m constantly relocating for the duration of the exposure. […] If I’d remain in the identical situation, my silhouette would be observed.

“With Live Composite you can also stay clear of above-uncovered visuals. [The] digital camera will decide up modifications in light-weight only if the up coming body has brighter parts than the previous frame had. No Photoshop or any other put up-processing, straight out of the digital camera.”

The photograph was captured in Lake Saimaa in southeastern Finland on the night of July 26th.

“I just experienced to do some gentle drawing in front of this remarkable scene,” the photographer writes. “Mosquitos all in excess of me and little little one perches were being nibbling my toes as I stood in h2o with bare ft.”

In addition to mild portray, Olympus also indicates seeking Are living Composite for fireworks, avenue scenes, star trails, clouds, lightning, and portrait backgrounds. If you are interested in Olympus’ special Reside Composite attribute, you can locate it in most of the brand’s newest cameras across the OM-D, PEN, and Rough traces.

You can come across much more of Huhtamo’s function on his web-site, Fb, and Instagram.

Picture credits: Photograph by Hannu Huhtamo and employed with authorization