27 January 2010

Lightsabers and shutter speeds

While I was blog surfing one day, I came across this really great blog called Filth Wizardry. This woman is like the Martha Stewart for coming up with fun things to do with kids! I found her blog back in December and I really don't remember how I stumbled upon it, but I'm so glad I did! This idea isn't the first I've pillaged from her site. Back in December, I used her idea to make candy cane shaped cookies for Christmas with my children.

This week I made a visit to her blog and found this awesome idea...making lightsabers out of flashlights and balloons! On top of making a fun thing for the kids to play with, she also suggested turning out the lights and taking pictures of them playing with a long shutter speed...tons of fun for me too!! The post also talked about how she painted one of the walls in her house with glow in the dark paint, and then let her kids "draw" on the walls with an LED light! (and of course taking pictures in the dark again...I love this!) We went to Home Depot and they were selling a teeny 7 oz. can of the glow in the dark paint for $8.96!! I decided I didn't want to spend $72 to buy less than a 1/2 gallon of paint to do one wall, so we left and tried Fred Meyer. They had 8 oz. cans on sale for $3.49! We bought 4 cans of paint and decided that we would buy a large sheet of wood and paint that instead of a whole wall. We haven't bought the wood yet, but we plan to in the next week or so and have another party in the dark!

My kids played with these "lightsabers" for over an hour...and got them out the next day and the next day too! The first two pictures were with the lights on and with a flash so you could see them. The rest of the pictures are with either an 8 second, 6 second, or 3 second delay on the shutter speed. I am taking another photography class this semester, so maybe I can use one of these for one of my assignments!


Filip Demuinck said...

Wauw fun y with these colors

Lauren said...

That is sooo cool!!


Kitten Muffin said...

So so cool to see you had a go at this! I love the photos! Thank you for coming back to the blog to let me know :)