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Light Up Particles in the Air for a Snazzy Silhouette Portrait at Night


You can light up particles in the air for a snazzy effect. The photos in this post were done by shining a powerful focused light into the air in various weather conditions during a long exposure. You need a light source that outputs some major power to pull off the effect. I used a Coast HP21 and a 3000 lumen Stanley spotlight for these shots. The photo above was shot while it was snowing.

In all the photos but the last, the light was rotated at a central point and left on for 3-4 seconds in each position before shutting it off and pointing it at a different angle.

Dense fog
Humid summer night
Flour was thrown into the air while the subject was back lit. All-purpose and self-rising seem to work the same :)

About the author: Dennis Calvert is a photographer and artist living in Cullman, Alabama. Visit his website here.