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200 Light Orbs Captured in Single Long Exposure Sets New World Record

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Did you know that there’s a Guinness World Record for the most light orbs painted into a single long-exposure photograph? The record was most recently broken by a group of 12 notable light painting photographers who gathered together in the middle of last year to create a photo featuring 200 light orbs.

The team was inspired by the previous record holder, a photo titled “The Century of Light Orbs” by photographer Andrew Wells:

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Wells spent weeks waiting for the perfect weather conditions, four hours setting up his photo, and 34 minutes single-handedly spinning 100 light orbs in a single exposure.

On July 19th, 2014, 12 notable light painters converged on a large open field in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia, to break Wells record.

The team scouting out the field.
The team scouting out the field.
Marking out positions for each of the orbs.
Marking out positions for each of the orbs.
The special rotating tool that was use to create each orb.
The special rotating tool that was use to create each orb.
Practicing the light painting technique with special light orb tools.
Practicing the light painting technique.
A practice shot with three light orbs.
A practice shot with three light orbs.

Here’s the final photograph they created, titled “200 Light Orbs“:

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Photographer Dennis Calvert, one of the participants, tells us that this photograph has since been verified by the Guinness World Records as an official world record.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how the 200 Orbs project went down:

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