Each year, for three weeks during winter, the city is filled with projections and light installations as a part of the Vivid Light Festival.
You may have seen in person or via social media scenes of the Opera house covered in all manner of coloured light and imagery, beams of light shooting into the night sky and flashing pulses of rainbow colour emanating from the Harbour Bridge.
This year I wanted to capture something a little different at the event, a more abstract feeling or mood rather than something literal. I wanted to convey the buzz and energy that is evident when people are experiencing the installations and projections. As soon as I laid my eyes on one particular installation I knew how I was going to achieve what I envisioned.
Triangulum by Angus Muir is the name of the installation and as the description states:
Triangulum is an interactive light installation that is beautiful by day and by night. The work is a maze of pathways that people can either wander through or alongside. Drawing its name from the Latin for triangle, and also referencing the Triangulum Galaxy, this work certainly seems to have celestial origins with its twenty seven thousand points of light.
The main attraction to this particular installation was the amount of pulsating light and the way the light would change colour, cycling through the whole spectrum. It was a perfect situation in which to create vibrant abstract trails that looked like they were wrapping and surrounding people within.
My technique was a little trial and error for the first few frames until I found the settings that would create the effects I was hoping for. The installation was quite bright so I set my ISO to 200 (also to reduce noise). I wanted trails and streaks which meant my shutter speed had to be quite slow at 0.5sec and as the brightness of the lights would change based on the colour temperature I set my aperture to auto. In order to have the silhouettes retain some form instead of being blurry I locked focus and panned my camera at the speed the person was walking.
To summarise, my set up and settings:
Canon 5D Mkiv + Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens
0.5 sec, f auto, ISO 200
Let me know what you think.
And as always you can find more of my work on Instagram.