After playing around with the Medusa wig Saturday, I decided to try out these Halloween gloves I got on sale from my grocery store last November. They are battery powered, and have light bulbs underneath each fingernail that blink and change colors, and I thought they might make for some more interesting long exposure portraits. So, I shut off the lights, put the gloves on, and set to work.
This was one of the first shots I took, and it was mostly me just screwing around, but I liked how it made my eyes look red and evil:
I ended up with a ton of cool shots, and as usual I’ve only had a bit of time to process them. This next shot was done with the shutter open for about six seconds, and I started the shot by holding the gloves down low and slowly moving my hands up while wiggling my fingers. I realize that is such a technical description you probably can’t follow it, but that’s what you get when dealing with an expert like me. (/sarcasm).
I really liked how doing this made it look like I was playing with fire, so I did several using this movement.
I did also have my external flash (Canon Speedlite 600-EX-RT) attached to the camera and was using it as a master to my old 430-EX II which was set up off to my right side so the shot wouldn’t be completely in darkness. I had to be careful to keep my body as still as possible aside from moving my hands around so I wouldn’t be too blurry.
Behind me is the same backdrop, a plastic shower curtain, that I had hung up for the Medusa shots, and at some point I got the idea to stand behind it and wave my fingers around in front of my face with the camera still set to a long exposure, and the results of that were pretty cool too – although it’s hard to tell exactly what the hell is going on:
Overall I’m having fun editing these; the Medusa shots were, as I predicted, pretty literal, and while the ones I processed are fun, there’s only so many shots of me dressed as Medusa a person needs to see (although I do have a few more I can share later), so I’m glad I played around with this stuff as well as it’s given me tons of unique shots to work with. More from this shoot to come!
Oh, and it seems that right now posting every other day is working better for me than posting daily, so that’s probably the way it’s going to go for now.