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I came across a video made by using long-exposure photographs of blinking lights on a turntable, driven by an Arduino controller. The results are visually stunning. I don't know how long it takes Kim Pimmel to make just a few seconds of video, but if it's anything like normal stop motion - and normal computer graphics - now compounded by trying to get the lights and motors do do what you want them to, I'll say that this is a hobby for the patient man.
Kim Pimmel's Light Painting Rig

Light Drive from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Stop motion form and colour, using light painting techniques.

Lighting: Kim Pimmel
Sound: Tron Legacy trailers

I've been interested in taking my Light Study photo series and evolving them into motion pieces. I shot a lot of footage for a VJ gig for FITC San Francisco. So I edited together those stop motion sequences, mashed up some audio from the Tron Legacy trailers, and out came Light Drive.

The video is stop motion, so every frame is an individually shot photograph. Each photograph is a long exposure photo, with exposures reaching up to 20 seconds in some cases.

To control the lights, I used an Arduino controlled via bluetooth to drive a stepper motor. The stepper motor controls the movements of the lights remotely from Processing.

The light sources include cold cathode case lights, EL wire, lasers and more.

If you like this video, check out: http://vimeo.com/9630188

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kpimmel

Light Studies
http://www.flickr.com/photos/djspyhunter/sets/72157615077454920/

Shape & Sound from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Sounds much better on good headphones - laptop speakers are terrible!

An extension of my long exposure light studies - http://bit.ly/Slklq

Long exposure photography, stop motion animation and sound design by Kim Pimmel.

Tools used:
Technics 1200, Arduinos, Old printer parts, LEDs, After Effects, Ableton Live

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kpimmel

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