Cocooning with Light!

Feb 13

Hey there fans of Scooter the Shooter.  All six of you so far.  
Yesterday I spent much of the day setting up  a compact headshot section in my studio (Dreampop Studio) for a whole load of corporate head shots.
Boring boring you are snoring.

Well today at 5am I decided to kickoff what I am calling “ExperimenTuesday” and show off some of the results right here, for you.  
I didn’t say every Tuesday mind you, and even if I did this isn’t a contract, it’s a blog… you’ll be okay.

Alright, let’s do this. 
The first Experiment is called ElectriCocooning, where I spin light around an object, or my friend Freddie in this case, and put him into a state of pupacity, which isn’t even a real word. 

I’ll show you two amazing photographs now, and then tell you all the technical whatnot.  If you just want to see the pictures, well awesome.  If you want to know the wizardry behind it, well that’s just as awesome.

Enveloped in silky violet light

Enveloped in silky violet light


Frederic is not being harmed












Wow, right?
It’s like electricity has enveloped him in a mesmerizing whirlpool of frenetic energy! To pull it all off I enlisted the help of my very good friend (and 2nd shooter at weddings), Rick Scadlock, who you will be hearing more about in the coming weeks.

How to do ElectriCocooning: You need a dark room (or it needs to be very dark outside).
You need a rope light, 4 or 5 feet in length is fine. Shutter speed for these photos was 15 seconds, and my aperture is 4.0.  
And some techno or electronic music is a must, obviously.

Make your rope light into a hula hoop, drop it over your victim, i mean model, and move it up and down and up and down and up and down and… well you get the idea, and do you know how long to do it?
15 seconds!

That is really about it. The more you experiment the better. Add new light sources, like glow sticks. When you wave glow sticks in back of a bride and groom, they become angels.
Not that they weren’t angels already.

There’s a ton (if not more than 2000 pounds) of light painting videos online, but I think I’m the only person in this universe that has ElectriCocooned a bride and groom. Look it up.
People will ask one day “Who was the very first Bride Electricocooner, and you’ll be all “I know I know, it was Scooter. Scooter the Shooter, from Seattle, Washington”.
Bonus Points!

That’s it friends, I’m outa here. I have a date tonight at Wild Ginger, I think I’m going to go with the Seared Tuna.
Next Experimental Tuesday is next Tuesday, go figure. I already have a whacky idea formulated. 
Maybe I’ll tell you all about the tuna at Wild Ginger tomorrow.  Snore. Maybe not.

2 Responses to “Cocooning with Light!”

  1. Anthony Vincent
    February 13, 2013 at 3:21 am

    .. we did something similar to this at CAMP10. tho you have the tm on the electricocooning 🙂

  2. February 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

    You are so good!!!

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