A beautifully lit "long exposure" "light painting" of a magical path leading to water by artist Xavier Nuez

The Road Less Traveled

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The Road less Traveled

Shot in Sanibel Island in 2017, The Road less Traveled was a lesson in perseverance.
It was only the second image in my Light Paintings series, which uses a digital camera as opposed to the 50 year old Hasselblad film camera I use for my Alleys & Ruins series, where I light paint in rather more dangerous neighborhoods.
I had been painting with light since the early 90s but only with film. When I finally tried with a digital camera, the differences were vast and I found myself lost. For example, I was used to the luxury of shooting 20-40 minute exposures with film, leisurely walking around doing my lighting... whereas with digital, I was limited to maybe 5 minutes.
I awoke at 3 am to shoot "Road", and then messed it up... So the next morning I was back - again in the middle of the night. Better results, but still not good enough.
It took a third early morning shoot to finally figure out how to make it work, and I finally got the results I hoped I would get.
This shot convinced me that I needed to pursue this series 



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Xavier Nuez

319 N. Albany Ave, Studio 1N5

Chicago, IL 60640


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