Covid Creativity: 24Jan2022

by Milo Smith

Over the holidays I was enjoying the Christmas decorations on all the houses, lawns and trees.  I decided to do some light painting. 

Usually with light painting one moves the light source but for immobile subjects one has to move the camera to get the same effect.  It is also not so intuitive how to move the camera to get a specific effect. 

So, I had to muddle through.  I started out with a 1 second exposure of a very neat house on Kincardine West. 

Alexandria Christmas Lights

Interesting in a jagged sort of way.  I increased the exposure to 2 seconds and moved the camera more smoothly and got image this. 

Alexandria Christmas Lights

I don’t remember where I got images 3 and 4 but they are at 2.5 seconds each and with similar camera motions and they clearly have lit deer “feeding” on the lawn. 

Alexandria Christmas Lights
Alexandria Christmas Lights

I ended up on Dominion South and got images 5 and 6 both at 1 second each. As long as the fingers don’t freeze one could go on all night with this stuff!

Alexandria Christmas Lights
Alexandria Christmas Lights

Collectif members, share your creativity! Send JPG images of work completed, adjusted, edited, repaired, altered since March 2020 to with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how/if creativity helps you. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. 

Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. For all images please include size (height by width), title & media. Thank you!


  1. Super nice and what an interesting thing to do! I really like them all, but my favourite is the first one from Dominion Street – that snowman and tree look like they are going somewhere fast! Wonderful, Milo!


  2. OMG! these are fascinating and all homegrown!
    They are all so unique but I am particularly drawn to the third one. It immediately brought to mind stunning visions of the dancing Northern Lights as seen in the sky behind our barn.


  3. What fun, Milo! They are all so interesting. Very cool what you can do with talent and a good camera. I love the snowman who looks like he is moving at the speed of light!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s