LITEBLADES are available at the Light Painting Shop: http://thelightpaintingshop.com/15-liteblades

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The new generation of light painting tools I’ve design. The seven LITEBLADES are designed to make amazing and beautiful light trails. Used for light grafitty (lightgraff), portraits, abstracts, light painting Katas and various light painting backgrounds. The LITEBLADES are specially made to fit with the KLARUS RS11 and the Klarus XT-11 flashlight but it can also fit on other lights with a straight tubular circumference ranging from 32mm to 36mm.

The seven LITEBLADES are FIREFLY, PHOENIX, GODSPEED, SPACETIME, MONOLITH, BLACKDIAMOND, WINGMAN.

Laser cut 1/8 acrylic components with four black metal screws.

 

Liteblades are the new 7 light brushes for photographers and light painters.

Light painting has gained popularity and is spreading quickly. Right now, thanks to the community and the Light Painting World Alliance, we have the third international light painting exhibition in Oviedo, Spain with 65 exhibitors from 17 different countries. http://www.lpwalliance.com/event/59

With this growth and interest in this medium I decided to unveil my personal and favorite light tools for everyone to create with.

Here is the story:  

In 2011 I wanted to create the light painting sculpture series. http://www.patrickrochon.com/archives/965

The idea was to do photographs of forms in a dark spacial environment that looked three dimensional and sculptural. A sculpture made out of frozen light.

For this to happen I needed tools that created nice volumes. During the same period, Aurora Crowley my light painting buddy from NYC, was sending me various materials from the Canal Street plastic store to light paint with. So here in Montreal, with the help of my friend Sylvain Lavoie, we created the first generation of what was going to become the Liteblades.

The first generation were awesome, Mad Max like with the thick heavy metal harness on big flashlights. I felt like a barbarian warrior from the future. Nevertheless, the result spoke for itself and it changed the way I light paint.

At one point, I started talking with Chopin Joseph, an artist who creates most of his artwork with acrylic materials: http://www.cestunchopin.com

Together we started improving the light tools and over time, went through a few different prototypes.

Since I couldn’t afford to design my own flashlights at the base of the Liteblades, I decided to build on what’s available on the market. The Klarus RS-11 seemed perfect for this. With the right interface, size and power and it’s rechargeable batteries, it became my first choice. I adopted the Klarus and made it a standard in my light toolbox. I also use the Klarus XT-11 from time to time, the buttons are at the bottom instead of the side.

I use the first and second generation of tools on many occasions like on the 24×360 Bullet Time project: http://24×360.com/patrick-rochon

Also here, this was created for the Local B hair salon in Montreal: Super Chromatic http://www.patrickrochon.com/archives/2136

And the fifth and latest generation of tools were used for a series exhibited at the Endeavour gallery in Calgary: Radiant Light http://www.patrickrochon.com/archives/2276

The Liteblade is like having a light sword or an energy dagger in your hands. I know you’re all thinking of the Jedi, actually I do see a connection, it’s quite warrior like. This naturally lead to doing light painting Katas. The Kata is a flow, a mix of dancing and improvised movement influenced by martial art. At the same, time it’s just pure form light painting. Energy flowing and freestyle exploration. So much fun to do. No rules. A great way to learn, mediate and let go. Here are my first official Katas.

http://www.patrickrochon.com/archives/1886

Honestly I was doing this for my needs, never thinking of selling or sharing the tool. I taught it was better if it would stay private. My tools, my effects, defining my style.

After working with the Liteblades for a while, I realized that keeping the tools a secret for myself, was counterproductive and unnecessary. I benefit more by sharing and seeing what other people do with the tools. This way it pushes my own creativity further by inspiring and nourishes the community of light painters and photographers.

I created seven shapes, and gave them each a name.

The seven Liteblades are, the GODSPEED, WINGMAN, PHOENIX, SPACETIME, BLACKDIAMOND, MONOLITH, FIREFLY.

They all do different effects and I use them for different reasons. Some are slower tools like the Spacetime and the Wingman, making wide trails while others are faster like the Godspeed and the Blackdiamond, with much sharper edges and effects. The Monolith is one of my favorites, it has an average speed when you move it and does large trails producing nice volumes because of its wide tip. They all leave great textural trails and beautiful gradients, but can be used in many different ways. On the Light Painting Shop, you can find the full description of each tool.

DIY or buy.

Naturally some people want to build their own similar tools.

I do support the DIY side of it, it’s inevitable, this is the time we share knowledge and inspire each other. For the people who can’t or who don’t want to bother making Liteblades, they can buy them at the Light Painting Shop here: http://thelightpaintingshop.com/15-liteblades

They are all handmade, laser cut and assemble one at the time here in Canada. I don’t have stocks so the orders can take some time, but I keep everyone posted and updated. This is just starting and it opens up to so many possible horizons.

I’m glad to have those to share, the photographers and light painters using it, are quite happy with the results. It’s very fulfilling to get the feedback and see others creating with these tools.

For many of us, light painting is magical, we often go “wow” when we see the results on the screen. Playing, capturing, freezing light in a way is quite something. This medium is still so new and many doors are still to be open, but to me, the Liteblades creates this “wow” in one stroke of light.

The RADIANT LIGHT series was entirely created with LITEBLADES: http://www.patrickrochon.com/archives/2276

 

The Klarus Light I use with the Liteblades: 

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Tips and Tricks. A few things to know about the Liteblades.

1- The end of the Klarus light and the base of the Liteblade, is left open on purpose. It creates hi-lights splashes when you move it towards the lens to make beautiful effects.

You can close it partially of fully with black tape depending on the result you want.

2- Mixing different colour gels works great with the blades. I sometimes mix three to twelve different colours. Pre cut some round shape colour gels filters to put under the silver bezel, it makes changing colours quick and easy.

3- Sometimes I use white vinyl transfer tape on the blade to get a milky trail effect. (The same type of sticky paper that protects the blades when you first receive them.)

4- Dust and scratches on the Liteblades makes great effects, it creates textures. They only get better with time and usage as they are getting more and more used. If ever your blade is to scratched and you want to change the effect, you can sand it with a fine sanding paper and get a permanent milky trail effect.

The Liteblades can be modified in many other ways. Feel free to post your ideas and results on the Facebook Light Painting Shop. https://www.facebook.com/lightpaintingshop

 

Liteblade tool engineer by CUC

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