My husband was a woodworker. His father was a cabinet maker. When Moose gave me an assignment to create a table-top light painting, I knew instantly my subject would be the Stanley No. 46 Combination Plane that Ron’s father used more than 85 years ago. The plane might even have been Ron’s grandfather’s plane as he came from a family of cabinet makers. The Stanley No. 46 plane was introduced in 1874 and the fancy floral design was discontinued during World War I so the plane dates back at least 100 years. I completed the scene with Ron’s chisel and mallet, a cherrywood box Ron made for me, a sample dove tail joint he chiseled, and a few wood chips and curls I managed to scrape off a piece of soft pine using some of Ron’s other planes and spoke shaves. The background is an oak tool chest.
Light painting is a photographic technique that uses a long exposure and an off camera light source such as a penlight to illuminate portions of a scene. The light painting is done in a dark, unlighted place. I chose the workbench in my garage. This assignment was my first attempt at light painting and it is addictive. In the beginning, it is mostly trial and error. Learning where to focus the light, how bright the light should be, how close to shine the light, and how long to keep it lit takes practice. Deciding what parts of the scene should be illuminated and from what angle is a challenge. I learned how to do this by watching a KelbyOne video about Light Painting from Dave Black, who, like Moose, is a Nikon Ambassador.