Light Painting Using a Radial Engine Model

After posting about my radial engine model (see this post), someone commented that if a light was hooked up to it, it might make some cool light-images.  I’d considered this, but generally put it on the back burner since I didn’t have a ready-made light source for it.  After one was fortuitously sent to me in the mail by a car dealership, the time seemed right to take these photos.

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but the pattern would be consistent with what, I suppose, would be happening at some point between the crankshaft and piston in an internal combustion engine’s connecting rod.

Pretty neat images.  As with most of my latest photos, I’m using my Canon T2i camera with an infrared remote trigger.  I especially recommend the remote trigger, since it’s dirt cheap ($2.15 as of this writing), and effective for keeping your images steady.  Maybe I’ll find some new interesting source of motion to attach this light to, or maybe I will turn it into an LED “throwie”…  Be sure to check back obsessively or subscribe to see what happens next!

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