Concerto in Light
Concerto in Light / 2013 / Terry Long
I purchased a Nikon D700 DSLR camera this week, and tried out some action painting with it. My aim for this painting, and for many of my paintings is to create visual music, or give form to the multiple interweaving sounds of an orchestra. I very often listen to a selected piece of music and use it as the subject and inspiration for my work, so I have to work in a very intuitive way when doing this, but Concerto in Light was without any music playing. I imagined my own music while drawing and painting rhythmically in the air with two LED hand held lights. The physical size of the painting area was around 1.5m (5ft) square, and the exposure was 15 seconds at f22, using a Tokina 17-35mm lense on a Nikon D700 DSLR camera, mounted on a Manfrotto 3036 tripod. The Nikon D700 was first available in the USA in 2008, and sold for $3,400.00. Alas, Nikon no longer produces this model now, but it can be purchased second hand and in good condition for around $1,600.00. This is still a first class professional camera, and one of the best in my opinion, and ideal for painting with light and high quality digital work.