At 8.30pm on 29 March 2014 the world came together for WWF’s Earth Hour. Lights were turned off for 60 minutes as a brilliant reminder that together we can make change happen and it gives us a chance to think about the small things we can do every day to help create a brighter future.
Celebrating Earth Hour Gadget Man Style!
Last year Debbie, Sam and I celebrated the hour quietly indoors by candlelight. Rather than just turning the lights out we switched off the electricity at the main breaker and sat in the lounge and just chatted. Honestly, I couldn’t remember the last time we all sat together with no phones, iPads, TVs or other distractions and just talked. The hour flew by! I would love to say we decided to make a regular habit of having an ‘electricity detox’ but the temptations of our digital addiction are strong and we soon went back to old habits.
So What Did I get Up To In 2014?
This year I thought I would do something a little different. First off I thought I would take a #EarthHourSelfie to share online. Too much time on my hands? Maybe. Look like a plonker? Yep, but I’ve done worse! Was it for a good cause? Of course it was! There were lots of great #EarthHourSelfie’s posted. Hundreds of them were just totally black which was funny the first time I saw it but after 100 or so the joke wore off!
Take one torch and your DSLR…
I spent the whole of Earth Hour outside in the garden with a torch and my DSLR creating a number of different ‘Light Paintings’.
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 the full set of photos taken on my Flickr page here.