This image is what’s known as a composite image because it’s made of multiple different shots. Super talented photographers typically blend shots from multiple locations to really stretch the intrigue generated by the final image but not me.
No, this photo was more of an experiment than anything else. My Fiancé bought me a nifty LED light for Christmas and I’ve finally digested enough of my Christmas dinner to venture as far as my back garden to play with it.
I basically mounted my camera to a tripod, the LED light to another and took several shots with the camera in exactly the same place and the LED light in different locations. The hard part was being quick, as at this time of the year in England, the night draws in fast.
I took loads of pictures but these were the shots used to create the final image:
I imported all of my shots into GIMP as layers and used layer masks to show and hide various parts of each layer. The final touch was made in Darktable - a slight exposure bump to the background and a gentle nudge on the saturation bar (I’m still very intimidated by the whole editing process).