Inversion! How a cheapskate found a treasure

by Guest Contributor

posted Friday, January 1, 2016 at 7:37 AM EST


By IR Reader Karen Celella

Inspired by a recent IR POTD, I set up the acoustic guitar to do some light painting. It takes some time to get things just right and learn how much light is needed exactly in the right spots. So after a few days of shooting and processing it was time to choose one to submit for a black and white competition.

"Oh no! I can’t waste all of that black ink for just one print. Ah ha! - Invert!"

….Oh my, what a surprise! Treasure!

My original guitar light painting

And the inversion!

Although I was thrilled with the original series, the inverted series was even more exciting and produced an entirely different feeling. And it all happened because I was a cheapskate.

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[Editor's note: Karen Celella has been a valuable contributor to our Photo of the Day contest for many years now. Below are links to a few of our favorite submissions, as well as a link to view more of Karen's work!]

Karen Celella PhotographyWild Dolphin POTD

Pleasure and Pain POTDClose Family POTD

How about you?
Have you had any happy revelations like Karen's?
Please click here to learn more about submitting your own entry!


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Canon 7D with EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
(25 seconds / f/2.8 / 16mm / ISO 250 / manual exposure)