A while back we shared an amazing photograph of a dancer on a lake from Eric Pare and a Robert Cornelius. This photo is a similar (yet totally different) take on the same idea.
Photoshop artist Roderique Arisiaman used a pre-made set of light painting streaks to create this photo and was kind enough to share the speed edit below. I find it quite amazing that simple elements like streaks of light can be used to create such an elaborate photo. Since I think this is something that more people will want to try, I asked Roderique for some tips on how to create the wings.
But first here is a quick overview of the transformation:
1. Get some wings
First you will need some light streaks building blocks. You can either get a pre-made set like this one which I use. Or you can make your own. Eric Pare shares an interesting tube technique that you can use, or you can use some LED strips, or EL wire, or a simple DIY tool.
2. Changing color
You can change the color of the wings quite easily. Since all the information on the blue wings is in one color, simply apply a solid layer of color on top of the wings and set its blending mode to “hue”. This will transfer the color of the new solid onto the wings shape and will not effect the brightness.
do not be afraid to experiment with different angles, shapes and sized. While the traditional way of making wings is to use each streak as a feather, you can use them in other interesting ways. I used photoshops “load files into stack” (under scripts) to load a bunch of light overlays in and then used screen overlay blending more to remove the black background and arrange the light as if it was emerging from the back of my model. (but of course you can also go with “classing feathered wings” like the ones below).
4. use the morph tool
Once you create a basic wingspan, use the free transform tool and the warp tool to change the overal shape of the wing to fit your vision. but also, if you need a spesific shape, just grab the free transform tool and bend the light streak to your will.