Light Painting with Horses at the Park in Caldas



About one hour north of Lisbon is Caldas da Rainha located. In the center of this beautiful city is the Dom Carlos I Park. Though a dear friend I got the chance to light paint in one of the most interesting parks during the night. Getting extra lucky I had best conditions for Light Painting.

You never know what the night has to offer you. At 8pm the lights of the park were shut off and two wonderful white Lusitano horses were available for a shooting. This amazing chance I could never let pass.

Yet i felt really under pressure. So many people moved mountains for me to light paint. The night unfolded and more and more people showed up to join 'the project'. Friends of friends came and brought wine and pizza and lots of smiles. I felt an overwhelming feeling of welcome. Thank you Caldas!

The main photo is 18 seconds single exposure taken at ISO 100. At first the horse would pass by and i would first point a flash light at the horse and then switch the torch off and use a studio flash to freeze the action. Then let the horse leave the frame. After that i would run around and light up the trees and the ruins in the background. The building is very famous so everyone in the city knows it so it had to become a feature in the photo.
Interesting side fact: The first photos did not look so dynamic because the horse would not bounce nor create the nice wave shape. It would simply create a straight line. Only after me pointing this out to the rider, he made the horse change the way it moved so I get to see the wonderful wave. So that is not how the horse was normally moving forward. But only with the wave the image would look really interesting.


The main picture was later used for a promotion of the Festival Oeste Lusitano 2017 which took place in this very park. During the night we also created another shot that became part the program cover. Something I am proud of.

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Hermosa composición la que realizaste, me gusta mucho la forma en que dibujaste el caballo, es un blanco espectacular y su jinete hacen la pareja perfecta, todo alrededor es admirable. Los colores son bastante hermosos y apreciados para nosotros los lectores, una de las cosas que más admiro en un artista es el poder transmitir paz, tranquilidad y seguridad a través de las pinturas que comparte en la plataforma. El castillo y los arboles forman una bonita estructura en cuanto a proporción, es una gran obra de arte y muy especial. Muchas felicidades y que sigan tus éxitos.

Saludos, un abrazo.


Thank you my dear. I will have to translate this properly. 🙏😎

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Wow honey, your new light painting is amazing, I like the effect you achieved. <3 <3 <3

Pizza, wine? Heheheh I envy you. ;)

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Yes it was amazing and magical. 😁

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Beautiful shots!


Thank you @revo 🙏

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Thank you so much for the compliment and encouragement.

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Turned out so ghostly! very feeting for the season


Glad you like it. 🙏

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wow another beautiful light painting @gunnarheilmann . this time it comes with new theme 'Horses at the Park'. good work.


Wow.. From me as well. If ot got you that excited about my work I did something right 😏

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