Out of all the shots I tried, this one was my son's idea and came out pretty good. Using one of their LED swards that changes colors. Using a Canon 7D with the 18-135 lens. ISO 400, f16 with 15 second shutter. No Photoshop processing other than sizing.
-Brandon Flowers

Shot specs: Canon 20d, ISO 200, 18-55 IS, F/8, 20 seconds. Canon 430EX II 1/64th power zoom 105mm with Sto-Fen omni bounce
Used a small LED reading light to trace the "sunglasses," then held my flash in my left hand and test fired it. No post processing aside from cropping/resizing and removing one small unwanted light streak.
-Greg Moser

Shot on a Canon t2i with the kit lens. ISO 400, f/13 at a 3 second exposure.
Some of my friends and I went to a camping festival this weekend and they decided they wanted to practice fire eating.
-Robert Zelin

I am sitting in front of my bedside meditating.... When all of a sudden I had an idea....
Nikon D60, f/5.3, 19.5 second exposure, ISO-100, 40mm focal length on a 18-55mm VR lens
-Matt Pederson

Camera - Canon 5D Mark II
Lens - Canon 24-105 f/4L IS Lens
ISO - 100
Time - 30 seconds
Extra tools - flashlights
While camping two weeks ago I had played around with creating some images in long exposure photos using fire for fun so I was excited to try it again for this contest. Just so happens I was camping again near Mt. Rainier and instead of getting some sleep for a big hike the next day, a friend and I tried out a few shots. Hopefully all of our giggling didn't wake those in neighboring tents!
-Annie Love

I have photographic proof (taken with a Canon PowerShot s90, f/2.0, 8 second exposure at ISO 160) that my new Dynomorphic Tachoid Bubble Shield is impervious to Dalek fire! However, I did have to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.
-Brian Hall

Shot with a Canon 7D and EFS 18-135mm. ISO 100, 30 second exposure, ƒ/22.
When I first heard about the contest I had no idea how I was going to incorporate a person into the shot. I played around briefly with just moving an LED light around in an environment which I thought was pretty cool. I finally settled on the idea of circling around a person since I tried it and thought it looked pretty cool, but I had no idea how I was going to make it into a horizontal shot. My first idea was to circle around the person and then just have the light trail off and do its own thing. I then thought of doing a secondary empty wrap, which lead me to the idea of teleporting. From their my twin brother (the subject in the shot) and I played around with how best to connect the two people and how to fit the whole tracing into 30 seconds. This was the result.
-Pete Zich

Thought it would be easy to paint my arms in different places with light, so I chose to do a version of that DaVinci drawing.
It seemed easy at first, but with only a 30-second exposure it was hard to paint consistently and neatly so it took about 30 tries.
-Jason Miller

Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Shutter: 93 seconds (bulb mode w/remote)
Aperture: f/16.0
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
I set up the camera on a tripod, took my position and pressed the remote. This was actually my first attempt, all the others didn't seem quite as good. I stood in the corner of the room and traced over myself with a small LED in the hopes that it would look like a skeleton, starting with the feet and working up, 'drawing' the hands last.
-Will Norton

My friend Greg had the idea to make a video game out of light and have him playing it. The first idea was to do Super Mario Bros... we ended up doing pong. All the credit goes to Lauren, Greg, and Sean (in the photo) for doing the actual painting. I just took the picture.
Bulb (roughly a minute exposure), f16, iso200, d300s with a 16-35 f4 at 16mm. On camera SB-800 fired front curtain.
-David Ullman

Camera: Nikon d60
Lens: 18-55mm kit lens
shutter speed: around 15 seconds
aperture: f/8
ISO: either 200 or 400, I can't remember
flash: Nissin di622 with DIY grid on camera right, manually triggered
A product of pure boredom. I just turned off all the lights in my room, used an IR remote to trigger the "Time" setting on my camera, drew the horns with an old penlight and manually clicked the flash with my extended left arm. =p
-Chino San Diego

Canon EOS 1000D, 27s f13 @ ISO 100
A self portrait. What's the most practical thing you can do with a trail of fire surrounding you?
Light it up...
My thanks to my dear mum for her help with this shot.
-Bart Tieman

The image was created with a canon 7D with a 18-135 lens
exposure time was 97 sec at iso 100, f/stop 7.1
light sources used: sparklers and el wire
I asked my friend Jeff what spirit animal he wanted.. After finding it difficult to produce a wolf we opted for a purple dragon instead. It worked out much better.
-Darren Pearson

Shutter: 30 sec.
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 400
Camera: Nikon D80
So, as I always do when I'm bored, I logged onto Gizmodo and saw the shooting challenge. I was so excited because extremely long shutter exposures are my favorite. Anyway, I grabbed my camera, an LED flashlight, and a friend and we did a couple of shots in a supply closet. The photos are pretty cool, but this one is my favorite.
-Charlie Beck

I was working in a group experimenting with light painting when I took this photo. The guy modelling arrived with flat camera batteries and ended up being in all the photos instead of taking them.
Nikon D60
44.0 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200
90mm (55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6)
-Caitlin Leigh

The photo that I shot was of myself in my living room. I used a Nikon D70S with a 28.0 - 300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. I used two different exposure times... 5 & 8 seconds. My f-stop was f/22 and my ISO was 200.
To achieve the green and orange trails of light, I used a LED flashlight with different pieces of plastic covering the light.
The final photo is a combination of 3 different photos.
1: With me in the middle
2: Green light painting
3: Orange light painting.
-Nick Maloof

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Focal lenght: 80 mm
ISO: 800
Exposure: 10s
Shutter Speed: f/4
Took this shot in my room at night, as I had nothing to do. I used a led light from key chain to draw.
-Conrado Ducommun

I had high hopes for this contest, dreams of exoskeletons and laser battles.
Instead, I thought I'd try to make my little daughter into an angel.
50 exposures later, a bunch of MacGuyver'd tools, and I ended up choosing one of the first shots I took.Isn't that always how it goes?
This shot was a 15-second exposure at 200 ISO and 13.4 aperture. I used a flashlight with everything but a little hole taped over. A jury-rigged "light pen."
-Nathan Wolf

Nikon D40
2 Extra large sparklers
4 small sparklers
1 aerial mortar
1 LED light
It started when i found out about the challenge on Thursday... I decided after only having a DSLR a month and a half and been light painting about 2 weeks i would give it a try. I proceeded to drive out of state to pick up fireworks. Almost got arrested on the first shoot and our model got burns all over his feet on the second shoot.
-Chris Francois

Hey Guys, took a trip out to the NJ side and hung out by the water tonight. Decided to set up and get a cool light painting shot with the city in the BG. Used a nikon D90 set at ISO 200, F11, on Bulb with my girlfriend as the model for this shot. Used a pocket LED flashlight to paint with and decided to give her glowing jinchuriki powers. If I had a RED led I would have done the Nine tails in any case, been itching to do light painting and you guys set the motivation switch to on. Enjoy!
-Tasayu Tasnaphun

Equipment: A Samsung nv10 camera with 100 Iso and 8 second shutter speed, lighter and aerosol spray
A Few acquaintances and I decided to execute some light painting in the backfields. We utilized flashlights to complete a number of photographs until it got unexciting. So we decided to turn the "danger/exciting knob" to eleven by using the technology that gave the human kind warmth, hot meals, and witch burning, yes I'm talking about FIRE. With the help of a compact fire producer and a canister of man spray, we created the submitted image that oozes power and masculinity. We give you the Human Butterfly.
-Po-Chen Chia

Canon XTi Rebel
Minolta SLR lens ghetto rig
ISO 1600
Focal Length 18.0 mm
-David Herzfeld

This was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens.
The settings were: f22, ISO 1000, 30 second shutter, and WB set to daylight.
In the rules you stated that you want a trail of light and no mysterious orbs without a purpose, so I decided to do a trail of orbs. I had my roommate hold my iPhone 4 in one hand with the camera flash on for 10 seconds (the big orb). Then I took the phone and for the remaining 20 seconds turned the flash on and off to create the smaller stars. I wanted to give off the effect that he was blowing stars out of an orb.
Only a minor contrast bump in iPhoto, otherwise untouched. All light
from the iPhone's flash.
-Jonathan Ahdout

I used a Kodak C743 point and shoot with ISO 80 and a 2 second exposure. I am a poi/glowstringing enthusiast and took several shots of me trying to perform a "flower" trick.
-Jason Dennett

We're located in Hilo, Hawaii, so we try to have a wide variety of backgrounds, from tropical forests to urban/industrial buildings. We use a Canon 40d camera, with a Sigma 50 mm 1:1.4 lens, and use long exposures and a crew of friends to try different shots. The photo was taken with a 32 second exposure, at 1.6 and iso 100. We aim to depict colors and lights towards movie, comic, and video game references. This shot was inspired by the ideas of urban angels as well as the comic book "Constantine." We took the shot in a flood canal off a forest road a few nights ago, and were trying to outline the graffiti or find the best ones for a good background while torching our models with flashes and making them stand still in with cars headlights ruining shots and causing a lot of respawns.
-Kelsey Ito

These were taken in the basement of my building. Exposure was set at 25 sec, f/22 with a 18-55 kit lens on my Nikon D40, ISO 200. I used sparklers for the light source and let me tell you, they were EXTREMELY hard to get, thats all I'm going to say about that. I had a friend stand behind me in the same position as me, and she moved her arms holding the sparklers to the boxes and towards my hands. I only used photoshop for curves, contrast, exposure, some color adjustment, and to dodge the water a bit. Sharpening was done in Lightroom. I was going for a Cole kind of effect from iNFAMOUS(videogame). I used oil on my skin to give a bit of a sweaty effect and even though you can't see it, some dirt from the floors :D. In the end the pictures came pretty close to the vision I had.
-Tudor Cucu

Taken with a Canon 5dii, with a 24-105mm f4/L lens set to 24 mm and f5, with an iso of 400 and a 25 second shutter. Lighting was provided with a dual LED head lamp (intended for camping), and a small lightpanel with a dimmer.
This is what happens when my friend Andy explodes in anger — we were just standing around in darkness taking unexposed pictures of ourselves, and then BAM!
Seriously though, we set up in a large basement, and to get this shot Andy stood on the floor and I balanced atop a refrigerator. The light panel produced the thick streak of light and illuminated us two subjects, while the head lamp was used for the double waves. We found the low ISO caused pretty much everything that wasn't directly illuminated to be obscured. We weren't able to avoid a bit of motion blur as it took some time to paint the subjects sufficiently, and particularly in my case it was a tough pose to hold.
-Charlie Dwyer

For this shot, I decided to try to create a silhouette of my friend using glowsticks in a perfectly dark basement. I used a Canon XSi with a 50mm/1.4 at f/9, ISO 200 and bulb.
-Kinta Maeda

Shot was taken with my Nikon D300s using a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 UWA lens. Camera was set to bulb mode, 11mm, f2.8, iso200 and was hand held resting on my chest with a remote trigger controlling the exposure which lasted 3.1seconds. I was laying on my back under my friend as he was spinning a burning steel wool pad around his head via speaker wire. After a first failed attempt at using dish washing steel wool we tried again 2 nights ago with the real deal and this along with some other awesome shots came out. We had been taking pics from a slight distance and I noticed that when he spun it like a helicopter there was a nice umbrella effect to the sparks. I decided a shot underneath the canopy of fire would probably look pretty epic so I laid down under my friend and said "whatever you do, don't let that thing drop." Enjoy!
-Andrew Pollock

Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8 L @ 24mm
Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Fstop: 16
flash: off Camera left
Lights used: Two small lights from wallmart for the floor and the tires and rider and a large shop light for the trailing light.
Out with the girlfriend for some beers and wings and we started brainstorming for ideas for this weeks photo challange, end result was the Tron bike idea. We put down tape so we could keep the the lines on the floor straight and used garbage can lids as guides for the tires. It was just the two of us so it took two photos to create the grid on the floor, 1st photo for the lines left to right and the 2nd photo for the lines back to front and a 3rd photo to get her on the bike with the tires and the lines on her and the trailing light. The images were then layered together in photoshop. Took us 75 images to get the 3 that we liked and it was in the garage in the middle of the day so we had to black out the windows and keep the doors closed.. Let just say it was really hot in the garage.
-Satnam Sidhu

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Exposure: 30
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 15 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire
I tried a few different ideas and decided on the haunted gazebo. I got some pretty cool effects with swinging around some Christmas lights but I thought it was a little more fun to go with a game theme. Instead of a flash at the end I turned on the flashlight end of the glowstick for a creepy effect. My apologies for any loss of sleep due to sheer terror.
-Jim Zielinski

This was harder than I thought it would be. After trying some ideas over the weekend, I had given up and didn't submit anything by Sunday night. But when I saw the post about resubmitting Monday morning, I took that as a sign I had to keep trying. So after making my wife stand around in the dark for almost an hour, this is one of the more interesting things I came up with. It wasn't my intention when taking the shot, but the title that keeps coming to mind is "Medusa."
Canon S90, 15sec., f/2.0, ISO 100
-Philip Levy

My brother and I were messing around with some candles and low light photography, got a couple cool shots, this one was one of my favorites. Hours of entertainment, I tell ya!
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Exposure: 25 seconds
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 18mm
Kit lens
-Joey del Real

I call this my "Light Sombrero." I took it out in front of my house with my powershot a540. The exposure time was 5 seconds. The light on the side is a street lamp and the light source was a flashlight app on my iPod touch. I was attempting to draw a car around myself but drew too high and wound up with a sombrero!
-Benjamin Cohen

Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Lens: 18-55mm (Kit lens)
Exposure time: 15 seconds
ISO: 100
This started out with multiple ghosts, but I thought it would look better if I actually played the role of both Pac Man and ghost. I'm not sure if I showed enough terror though, because how scary would it be to get eaten by a circle?
-Joe Huber

I used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 set at a 60 second exposure. This is a self portrait. Set a delay timer and sat in the chair, turned on my Moto Droid and kept the LED light pointed at my face while I made a
circle with the screen facing the camera. Turned off the light and moved from chair to chair.
-Andy Lindblom

Nikon with a 30 sec. exposure in my basement with a snuggie book light and a multicolor flashing magnet.
-Alex Spivey

15sec exposure taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm lens at 47mm, f/22, ISO100 and 430 EXII speedlite flash mounted on a Vista Ranger tripod. I was trying to get a photo of my dog Riley while she was sleeping (guaranteed still model) but she didn't feel like sleeping yet, so I hoped that a shorter exposure would help hide her movements when she watched me light painting around her. After a few shots of missing her ears or drawing lopsided headphones, I finally got a photo of my dog rocking out to some hardcore tunes.
-Winnie Tsui

Camera: Samsung NV11 (point-and-shoot)
ISO: 80
F-stop: f/7.3
Exposure: 45 sec
For some reason I had the idea of emulating Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, so I enlisted my brother's help and we got to work. He illuminated my body in one color as I stepped back (going for a 3D effect), then switched colors as I changed positions and moved forward. Then I drew the box/spiral and this is the result.
-Joel Armstrong

Due to the lack of a tripod, I had to get creative with shooting. My subject Isaac, and I were at the park when I decided to take the picture. I used my lens cap as a quasi tripod, in order to fill the frame properly. I used the iPhone 4's LED flash as the light. This was shot on a Nikon D300, with a standard lens. ISO 100. 36 second exposure at f22.
-Jacob Rosenbacher

Shot with a Cannon Powershot SX210, 15 second exposure, low F-stop and ISO 100.
The boyfriend was asleep, and I decided to use him as a model.... I did show him the pictures in the morning, got his permission to post them though. The hardest part of the shot was defiantly getting the Z's to come out right.
-Stephen Cooke

This shot was take with a Rebel T1i with the Stock lens. It was set for a 30 second exposure with 4.0 aperture and ISO 100.
I found this window frame in a dumpster a few years ago. I have always planned on using it for this purpose but never went to it. Once I saw this weeks challenge I saw my chance. I had the frame sitting sideways so I had to tilt my head to make it look like I was looking through the window. I used two types of LED lights to paint and light up my self.
-Justin Bortnick

Taken in the Cellar of my house. Uplit the surround with some small torches, and then painted light around my brother with a small LED Torch.
Taken with a Canon EOS 500D & Sigma 10-20mm. 10mm, ISO 100, 20sec Exposure, f4.
-Charlie Davis

Camera: Canon EOS 300D
Lens: 28mm Sigma (f/1,8-22):
Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Aperture: f/1,8
ISO: 100
Wow, that was really, really stupid...
This photo contest literally sparked the creative/crazy in me.
Andreas: *Hmm, i wonder how lighting my hand on fire with lighterfluid will look like in a picture for this contest!* -End of thought, execute idea!....AAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!!
Just kidding! I took a couple of precautions, here's how i did this. First, i filled a bucket with cold water, and set it beside me (just in case...), then i put a wool blanket in my lap. I then coated my hand with aloe-gel to insulate from the heat from my hand being ablaze. Then i pushed the button to start the exposure of the photo, lit up my hand for half a second and put it out with the blanket. I did not get injured at all, but decided not to do a repeat performance cause it got a little bit more out of hand (pun intended) than i wanted. Not the best looking piece of photography I've done, but i figure it would be be stupid to let it go to waste.
-Andreas Kokkinos

Kinda cool shot I took right before the kid's bedtime. Super fun. Glowsticks, and led light, a laser pen.
-Stephen Rovetti

Canon EOS 7D
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens
ISO 100
44 sec (BULB mode)
Light: flashlight, External hand-held flash fired at the end of the shot.
The idea behind this shot is a remix on a mime trapped in a "box." We spent 20 minutes outside getting eaten by bugs before we moved inside. After brainstorming ideas for a while, this was our favorite. It took quite a few tries to get the hang of painting the box. To add more character, we made it so that KT started to pop out of the box.
This shot was a joint effort between myself, Ansel Santosa, KT Lindemann (the subject) and Alec Lambert.
-Louie Livon-Bemel