Long Exposure of a Man Shooting Light Out His Chest

Photographer Dennis Calvert strapped a flashlight to his chest and stood as still as he possibly could for a long exposure shot (above) that makes him look like an incredible superhero. The Cullman, Alabama-based artist, who is no stranger to playing with light, used his experience with light painting to create a stunning set of images that make him appear as though he's either shooting a ray of light from his chest or perhaps an out-of-frame saucer has cast its beam on him. Regardless of the envisioned scenario, the photographer managed to capture a spectacular, supernatural shot, entirely in-camera.

As Calvert explains, it was a nine-second shot taken with a Canon 5D Mark III equipped with a Rokinon 14mm lens, a Coast HP17 flashlight taped to his torso, and additional lights (including a wireless flash set up behind Calvert to freeze the motion of the rippling water). His skilled process is the result of many experiments with long exposures using a flashlight. Take a look at his other similar creations, below.

Dennis Calvert website
Dennis Calvert on Flickr
via [reddit]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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