Paint with Light

During my early days of my photography experience I was introduced to paint with light method.
I always wondered if there was another use instead just writing a word on the wall.
So years later when I started to shoot fashion accessories it became natural
to use the "Paint with Light" method on objects.

What to do with that extra CPU cooler. Put it on top of a Mac mini!

What to do with that extra CPU fan?
(The light box used in the photos)


Cold day at the top.

Saturday December 1st, 2007.

I decided to take some photos from the Empire State building on 34th.
It was not as cold on the street level but on top was -20 degrees.

It was around 2:30pm in the afternoon.
The sky was clear.
My hands were frozen stiff.
The photographs were excellent.


Original (touched up)




There is a similar one by Ikea. However it's cropped more to the right.

Society 6

Old Lens and Guessing

With the old manual operated lenses. It's all about guess work. Focusing is either on the spot, slightly off or intentionally out of focus. Film speed & low aperture setting can creating some interesting effects with HDR post-process. In this series it was F1.4-5.6 and various speeds from 100-800.


Been thinking about the light FX stuff. So I decided to get an Infrared Filter to do some painting with lights FX. IR filter is Dense. Allowing a narrow band of light to come through. Sometimes the results looks really strange.

Take a look below.

I only used it once when I started photography. Back then we had BW film. With the digital is tricky with the settings. However once you set it up correctly it's really amazing for timed exposure.

Leaking Light FX

So the basic idea of "Leaking light" is simulate older camera with small (or large) opening that would exposing the film to light.

The final image will have a neat light streaks/fx as result. Holga and some old pinhole cameras were very well known for this.

This is the first test (playing around) with a converted macro tube with lens glass and the Pentax 55mm lens.

Holding them in all sorts of odd angles and distance to get the desire effect.

Apply them in a Photoshop layer.

download the pink set

Since there's no limit on achieving the desire effect. More of these to come...


Maybe I went bunkers when I decided to split a quartz crystal chunk. Knowing well that splitting quartz crystal is like splitting an atom. Anything that's made with crystal nearby will be affected.

My iPad wasn't 2(feet) far away when a small quartz piece snapped off the large chunk. Heard a snap and think nothing of it. Later found out the iPad display has a long crack from top to bottom. Ordered a new glass right of way.

While performing the repairs. The original "Smart" glass shattered completely.

Thought it would make cool frame piece for future porjects or FX overlay.

Why split a quartz crystal?
To make some Orgonite.

Why Orgonite?
It can reduced EM field created by our cellular & wifi sphere. Also other uses which I'm still learning.

The iPad is working perfectly with the new "Smart" glass.

See the full album.

Compinion for the cup

This is a good book to go with your cup of favorite. In any time of the day.

"Photography" by Barbra and John Upton.

This version was printed in 1976. It was required for my photography studies during college years. The book was very informative interms of film camera and darkroom procedures. Also goes very well with my gear which is mostly 60s-70s Single-Lens Reflex type (SLR type).

For those new to the photography field (Specially digital photography), The 11th edition might be more suitable. This book covers both film and digital.

Whether you are beginner or pro, these photography books can be really good reference material.
Even as a coffee table flip book for your studio or home.

Home Made

For sometime now, I wanted to build a sliding box camera or a box that simulates the effect. The difference is the Ashahi Super-Takumar 55mm as primary lens.

So after some careful planing I was able to build a simple box from 1 peice of foam and the sliding box inside. The sliding box is cover with cover sheet from Ruby-lift.

Here is the resaults and the setup.

Originally I wanted to build it from wood. However I think this could be a nice open source project for everyone. Just to have fun with photography. Once I figure out how to include a Polaroid bracket I will post it.

- March 2 2015

The Pen EE S

Introduction: The Pen EE S was introduced by Olympus in 1962. It was a half-frame camera. So twice as much picture then the normal 35mm. The Pen EE S was the predissesor of Pen EE, however, with a wider aperture and a focus ring. Much of the camera history can be found on Wikipedia.

Ed's Note: These photographs were taken in natural lighting using IKEA LED bulbs. The finals have very little or none post adjustments. The camera is metered (manually calibrated) at 3000 Kalvins with +1 in Magenta. Instead of Automatic White Balance (AWB) mode or the normal 5600k.

The current model is a micro four/third with inter-changeable lenses. The Digital PEN or E-P1 still carry the traditional housing of the Pen EE series. Noticabally the size and chrome casing.

I remember my sister took a lot of photographs with the PEN- EE S when we were kids (picture below). I'm sure some of our family photos were taken with this cool little thing. Also in those days gone past, we had a disposible flash bracket that came with it. I can still hear the bulb sound. "Pop" then sizzle.

I only snapped a few shots with it. The half-frame confused the CVS staff so the photographs printed out funny. When I find them I'll posted here.

View the album here

Contact Sheet or Full Spread

I having a delima of choosing old school contact sheet style or a full spread on the individual album pages. If the website keep switching or looks funny. It's me. Apologies for the confusion.

- February 27 2015