I did some light painting photography in Kansas City, Missouri at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art a few years ago. The subject was one of the Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen. There was some controversy about the outdoor sculptures when the artists first proposed them. The Kansas City Parks and Recreation department was not fond of using such everyday objects for such a distinguished site. The Kansas City Star published several editorials lambasting the artworks as well. Despite these reservations, the artworks were approved by the museum board and were installed in 1994. They have since become an iconic part of the museum grounds and Kansas City landmarks.

The photograph was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with a Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens at ƒ/8.0 with a 22-second exposure at ISO 100. The processing was done with Adobe Lightroom CC. I used a wireless Quantum Trio flash unit with a red gel to light the interior of the shuttlecock. A handheld flashlight with a blue gel was used to illuminate the exterior of the sculpture.

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