Light graffiti like this shouldn’t be possible (35 HQ Photos)


  • Cake is a Lie

    Im feeling very Daft Punk

  • Piggy

    These are what video games of the future will look like

    • Turduckenn

      not even close

  • MigraineBoy

    #35 is great. Much easier to wash off than regular graffiti, I presume?

    • piggy

      no, its harder. try washing off light.


    I thought this one was pretty cool.

  • Phil


  • Ryan

    #26 #34 #35 are awesome

  • Keith

    These are very inspiring.. I'll definitely be trying this soon.

  • xXbeermonkeyXx

    #11 is awesome!
    #24 straight out of tron?

    • Paul

      Lol I thought the same thing on #24.

  • Skar


    • devin

      really long exposure on a camera and some source of light to spin in circles i would figure. pretty awesome tho.

    • biindsp0t

      Set your f/stop (aperture) to a low number like 2.0. That "opens" your lens to take in more light.

      • TitoRigatoni

        …which is exactly the opposite of what you want when doing a long exposure. You want your aperture as small as possible (highest f-stop), both to increase depth of field and to increase exposure time without overexposing the image.

      • DistractedIndividual

        Should have known better than to beleive Wikipedia…Tsk tsk.

    • FYI

      Looks like a sizable quantity of these are glow poi and glow staff spinning. Some of them are wire wool/sparkle poi, or firework poi, both extremely, extremely dangerous. I'm not sure what the very consistent spheres are, it would take more talent than I have seen to make a light show that uniformly spherical.

    • CaptnJack

      Long exposure cameras and Lightsabers.

  • HO11YWOOD303

    Wow, this is pretty sick!

  • BigtoenailD

    umm my head just exploded

    • dasuperfan

      Well then what are you doing typing comments on "the chive" get to a damn hospital man.

  • mrjimmyos

    These are the most awesome examples of light painting I've ever seen! I did a light painted picture once and wrote out chive hehe

  • Greg

    I'd love to know how this is done. Timed exposure I guess but everthie I tried it it would never turn out.

    • Pw1002

      You set your camera at a set exposure for example leave the shutter open for 30 seconds.

      Use torches etc in order to draw your light patterns and the camera will capture them.

      With SLRs it is really easy to do. Not many compacts allow you to open the shutter for very long. Also you will want a tripod or somewhere still….

  • otter

    Excellent work! Who created these?

  • Takingbackcider

    I for one welcome our new alien overlords…

  • paranoia

    wrong source chive!!

  • Griffin Heath

    #26 Wow, so sick! Great works!

  • Dmanlax

    Happy Friday!

    Best gallery of these types of photos by a long shot so far!

    ~chive on~

  • the Lou

    Those are great! Thanx for sharing!

  • iinferno2010

    what a way to start my friday morning work day, now for the next 4 hours I will be trying to do this in my office…

  • misschris

    How do they do that?! Slow shutter speed? It is so cool. #12 looks like a UFO landing.

    • TitoRigatoni

      Yes, very slow shutter speed (several seconds as opposed to a fraction of a second) and moving a light source around while the shutter is open.
      It's very easy to do this type of image, but these are a lot better than most. The art is in the composition, in figuring out what you want the picture to look like, and figuring out how to manipulate the lights to give you that image.
      It's also really easy to use a brush to put paint on a canvas, it's a lot harder to actually paint good pictures 🙂

      • DistractedIndividual

        Like your quote there at the end… 🙂

  • wkdfrog

    crazy. Not sure i get how they are done, but very pwetty!

  • Lenda

    That's Overrated. No need to be an artist to to love that. I'm feeling alive.

  • Admiral Ackbar

    Look at #6, Is it changing or is that just an optical illusion?

  • V4vendetta14

    #29, Don the Magic Juan?

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