Organising my own Lumiere Festival of Light

I’ve seen lots of marvelous images taken at the Lumiere London Festival of Light. Unable to go along, I organised my own Festival of Light in our kitchen.

Lumiere London, Festival of Light, Lumiere Festival, My Little Pony, Lumiere, photogrpahy, photogrpaher, dadbloguk, dadbloguk.com, school run dad, stay at hyome dad, sahd, uk dad blogger

Unable to attend Lumiere London, I organised my own Festival of Light in our kitchen. This was one of the many pictures I took of the light show I put together.

I think this is possibly the most experimental photograph I have ever taken. This image shows the complex refraction of multi-coloured lights through glass. It involved split second timing and lots and lots of practice. I must have taken around 50 images before I managed to capture this one.

That’s one explanation. Here’s a more down to Earth one.

You’re looking at the lights from my youngest daughter’s My Little Pony  fibre-optic tree as they’re refracted through a prism. Just to complete the picture in your mind’s eye, the prism was balanced over the top of the torch using tins of Baked Beans and a couple of empty wine bottles.

The bit about taking 50 images? Yes, it took many, many attempts to arrive at this point!

I wasn’t really sure what my final image would look like, but I think the effect works. That said, I’m not convinced the organisers of Lumiere London will be knocking on my door any time soon.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

32 Comments

  1. January 28, 2018 / 7:10 am

    It’s a fantastic photo and you would never have guessed tins of beans were involved! It must have been great fun setting it up.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      It was fun, but it had its stressful “why am I doing this again/” moments. I’ve kinda learned that’s how you produce your best photography. Well, I do anyway!

  2. January 28, 2018 / 7:27 am

    It’s awesome John baked beans now there is something I would never of guess you had used, fab final effect #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      The baked bean tins went under the wine bottles to give them enough height. Simple yet effective!

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      I don’t get called clever that often! Aside from the prism, all very ordinary stuff.

  3. January 28, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Very impressive. What’s more impressive is the imagination and ingenuity with the props. Who would have known! Nice one. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      I can be resourceful when I need to be! Thanks for your kind words.

  4. January 28, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Wow it does look so impressive and well worth the 50th attempt and using a baked beans can!! You should do a whole feature of them 🙂

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Well, watch this space. If I can think of enough ways to use the prism creatively I may well do a small series.

  5. January 28, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Ooh, moving into the world of abstract there! Very nicely done, I really struggled to wrap my head around what I was seeing until I read the explanation. I stared at that for a long, long time, well done! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Oh yes, the most abstract image I have ever taken. Well, apart from one or two self portraits. I hope you enjoyed the explanation!

  6. January 28, 2018 / 8:47 am

    This is flipping brilliant, I would never have guessed this was in your kitchen

    Thank you for linking up

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      It was a little something I rustled up Darren. I am finding the conditions outside to be dire for photography at the moment so this was a nice project I could do inside.

  7. January 28, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Absolutely love this picture, the light is amazing!

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you, I’m really glad you lked it. I may try something similar with my Lensball at some point.

  8. January 28, 2018 / 9:03 am

    That’s amazing, John. I love taking photos of lights, I would never have thought to do this. It’s beautiful. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:30 pm

      It’s wonderful this image has garnered such a response. I find photographing lights to be quite tricky but I enjoyed this challenge.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Paul. Somewhat different to your superb landscape images, but delighted you liked it.

  9. January 28, 2018 / 11:42 am

    What a brilliant achievement and amazing results. Who would have guessed it was in your kitchen and involved tins of beans! ;D

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Yeah, it was a novel approach I guess. Had no idea what the end result would be but it was such fun getting there.

  10. January 28, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Wonderful image, you worked hard to achieve it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks Carol. It took quite a bit of effort. This I cannot deny!

  11. January 28, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Oooo. That looks amazing. Better than the real thing

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Very kind of you to say so Lewis. Not sure Lumiere’s organisers would say so!

  12. January 28, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Very clever and I enjoyed the explanations of why and how. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 28, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Hi Kate. Glad you enjoyed my explanations. It was a bit of fun but I think it works.

  13. January 29, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Either way it is a brilliant shot

    Mollyx

  14. January 30, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Hi John, all I can say is WOW!…Okay, that was a blatant lie (not the WOW! part)… At first glance, your photo reminded me of a concert audience where everyone is waving their phones (think old Nokia advert). It’s amazing what you can create with a lot of imagination and patience. Very clever and impressive.

    xx

  15. January 30, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    That is a fabulous shot. I’m glad you explained what it was – I was trying to work it out! I can imagine it must have been fun experimenting to get this shot.

  16. January 31, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Wow that must have been amazing to see. I saw a few people post pictures of it and it looked incredible. Wish I lived closed. Thanks for sharing, this is a fun shot x