It's a totally different thing lighting big areas in the middle of the night using only a little bit of light with a XA10 vs. a DSLR. But I had an idea about an experiment I wanted to try... So I returned to the abandoned house from my video "Countdown To Oblivion" ( vimeo.com/23165505 ) from 1am to 2am to give it a shot. I was able to pick up this amount of detail out of lights that are rated only for up to 3 feet in regular shooting situations, all with 0 db of gain. I'm impressed with the low light performance of the XA10 for a digital video camera!
I've gotta admit, though, that it's weird for me to see an abandoned place lit up and "alive" with light. This place is close enough to two houses and in plain view of them. If anyone was awake that night and looking out their windows they must've been wondering what was going on over there. :) It was just a simple idea, and something I'm going to build on. The question was could I do any sort of light painting using a digital video camera instead of a DSLR, and if so, how could it be done? Nightpainting is the first step in my idea of how it can work, and I'm happy with the results.
Filmed on March 2nd, 2012 on my Canon XA10.
LED lights used: Ikan iLED155-DK
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