It’s been just over 4 years now since we met fellow technomad Ben Willmore. We initially connected online with Ben because we are fellow full time RVers working as we roam, in fact – he was likely the first nomadic peer we encountered.
We had not heard of him before, but soon realized we were hanging out with a Photoshop & photographer Rockstar.
Our second meet-up was a year later, and planned just to be a quick evening hangout. But it turned into an epic weeklong photography play session in an amazing location which forged the start of a long lasting dear friendship.
Ben wanted to introduce us to one his passions – light painting. He asked if he could paint our (then) brand new Oliver Travel Trailer. Who are we to say no???
This is what emerged from the evening. Stunning, huh?
Everytime we show it off, we’re always asked how it was done? Did he use some sort of freaky neon paint? Is that embedded el-wire on the trailer that we can turn on (don’t we wish!!)? How did we stand still for so long??
The photo is a composite of over 60 overlayed long exposures capturing Ben drawing with colored flashlights.
Ben just released a video showing all of the individual images that he took to create this masterpiece, and how he put it together. (Looks so simple, huh? This image took us hours to shoot, and him many more to process.)
The Fine Art of Painting with Light eBook
Interested in light painting and want to know more? Well, you’re in luck.
Ben just put a repository of his knowledge about light painting into an awesomely fantastic eBook. Not only does he walk you step-by-step through creating amazing images like our Oliver, he includes several breathtaking images that he’s created over the years – from vintage cars, stunning landscapes, non-explicit artistic nudes and even our little Oliver trailer.
They’re stunning. Absolutely stunning. The artistic value of the book is worth it alone!
We actually helped Ben (and his amazingly talented fiancé’ Karen, who we all know actually did most of the work of assembling the book) during a rendezvous back in September in Utah. Some of the images we created together are also included to demonstrate the basics of light painting.
This is such a fun book, and so incredibly instructive.
Ben is known for his mastery not only of controlling light and pixels, but for breaking down complex Photoshop and photography methods into simple, easy to grasp steps. I know we’ve learned and improved so much in our photography over the years of hanging out with him.
And the best part? This 90+ page eBook is only $9.97.
We think that’s a no-brainer purchase for anyone interested in artistic photography methods – that we didn’t even ask to be affiliates on this. In fact, we bought the eBook ourselves.
One last light painting to share
Ben & Karen surprised us after our maiden voyage in the our new bus last summer with a rendezvous and created us a light painting for our new home: