Where was this image taken?
Mary Avenue Bridge in Cupertino, CA
How did you come up with the idea? Is this an idea you have been wanting to try?
Once I received my Lume Cube 2.0 package in the mail, this idea immediately came to mind. I love riding my one wheel and thought to myself, "if I could strap these Lume Cubes to the back of my onewheel, I could create a long exposure streak shot, similar to a car, however I could go somewhere that a car couldn’t fit." This bridge is not far from where I live and the perfect location to try this out.
Let's talk about lighting! How did you use Lume Cube and other lights to light the scene?
I taped two Lume Cubes to the back of my one-wheel to emulate break lights of a car. The one-wheel already has a light on the back, however it was not bright enough to get the desired effect in the final image. So I covered that light with duct tape and used my Lume Cubes instead.
Can you share your camera and camera settings for this shot?
I shot this with my Canon EOS R and Tamron 17-35 f 2.8 / 4 and my peak design tripod. First, I needed to use a tripod to keep the camera steady. In order to get the light streaks from the Lume Cubes, you need to lower your shutter speed, (if your camera isn’t stead any movement from the camera will create a blurry/ not sharp image). My F stop was around 10 and my shutter speed was at 20 sec. I had to set the self time for 10 seconds and I rode my one-wheel down the bridge. Ideally this would be a two person job, but I was able to manage the camera settings and be the model that night. I love how the image turned out.
What has been the most rewarding part of your photography experiences? What has been the most challenging?
Sometimes the most challenging thing can be finding inspiration for new and exciting images to take. Then again, one of the most rewarding is overcoming those challenges. There is nothing better than overcoming a creative rut and creating something you are proud of and want to share with others.
What is your post-process when it comes to editing? Do you edit your photos? Do you have a favorite way of editing them?
I edit my photos using Adobe Lightroom with some final touch ups in Photoshop. I don’t really have a favorite way of editing a photo, it usually depends on the type of photo and when inspiration strikes or how I am feel at the moment in time.
Did this photo turn out how you initially envisioned it?
Yes, this photo did turn out how I had envisioned it, but I honestly think it turned out better than I imagined originally. I really like how this photo came out, especially because this was not my first time at this location. The shots I’ve taken here prior, I was not too thrilled about, but the Lume Cubes came in handy to make this photo a little bit different.
Describe Lume Cube in 5 words or less.
Portable creative tool for creators.
Anything else you’d like to share about this shot or your experience with Lume Cube?
Just by keeping the Lume Cubes in my camera bag, they always spark creative thoughts in my head. I love how portable they are, I always find a use for them in my photography. They are a great tool to play around with.
About Dominic DiFilippo
Flipp for short, because apparently DiFilippo is hard to pronounce so my friends just shortened it. I am a travel photographer originally from the Philadelphia area. I recently moved to the west coast to follow my dream of traveling to beautiful places across the United States. So now I’m within driving distance to a lot of beautiful places such as Utah, Oregon, Washington etc. In my opinion those three states alone were worth the 2,500 mile drive.
I enjoy creating content showcasing beautiful landscapes around our National Parks, major cities and hidden gems across the United States. So basically every weekend that is what I do. Travel to a new city or place every weekend. Who doesn’t love driving 10 plus hours and sleeping in their car to catch sunrise?
See more from Remo at @flipp.photo or on the website: www.flippphoto.com