For Day 9 of ’30 Days Wild’ I found myself feeling rather artistic so decided to create a little bit of wild art during the day and some ‘Light Painting’ later in the evening.

Yesterday was a busy day. Most of my time was spent in the office preparing new guides and new projects for clients but I managed to find a spare hour to get out into the garden and do something wild….ish.

Before mowing the grass in the front garden I wandered round with a pair of scissors and a tray collecting buttercup and dandelion flower heads. Don’t worry, there were plenty other flowers around the garden so the bees and other insects won’t miss these ones!

My plan? To create a little bit of wild art.

And here is the finished piece!

I like to experiment sometimes with the images using photoshop and play around with different effects. One of my favourites is the ‘oil painting’ filter. Here’s the same photo as above with a little bit of tweaking. Interesting effect eh?!

You can find lots more of my Wild Art images on my Flickr pages here… Flickr Wild Art Album.

An evening of Light Painting

I also found time to spend another half an hour or so outside in the evening around 10.30pm. I often spend time in the garden at night listening out for the nocturnal sounds of wildlife. The Owls hunting in the fields nearby, the bats flying overhead and hedgehogs snuffling through the undergrowth.

Quite often when I’m doing this I’ll grab my torch, camera and tripod and do a little bit of ‘Light Painting’ too.

Light painting is pretty easy to do and after a bit of practice you’ll be surprised at what you can create. All you need is a torch, a DSLR camera, a tripod and a remote trigger. I pop my camera on the tripod and set it to the ‘bulb’ function. This enables the user to manually control long exposures. I open the aperture up fully and switch the lens to manual focus. I then take several test shots to ensure everything in focus and to work out where the edge of the FOV (Field Of View) is. I usually then position markers at these points to mark the edges of my imaginary page.

It’s then a simple process of opening the shutter and painting the air with your torch. The more you practice the better you’ll get! Here’s some of the Light Paintings I created during the hour. You can see my collection of Light Painting photos on my Flickr page here.

Here is last nights effort…