Visiting the Impressions 5 Science Museum as a chaperone with my son's class gave me opportunity for a photo walk. This is the Science Spectrum room of the museum, located in Lansing, Michigan, USA. I entered this room with the purpose of leaving with a silhouette. The multi-colored light bulbs' temperature affected the size and shape of figures in the room full of crowded darkness. I didn't recognize the degree of distortion until later that day. If I only I could remove that wall of lights, to use at a later date, in another place to manipulate light in darkness with a learned expectation of what may happen as a result of this science experiment.
What type of silhouette will be produced using this light wall?
How would the silhouettes appear from many different smaller bulbs of different temperatures?
Could I control the metering of light by position of the camera?
Proper research would have made different shots of different meter settings, to know the outcome. But limited to time, while chaperoning the field trip, I would have to guess. The setting was a dark room, full of people, and wall of different colored light bulbs. In addition, there was a wide entry behind me and around the corner of this exhibit, giving limited, but supportive backlighting.
The plan was conducted using the following camera settings:
F Number: f/2.7
To record movement and non-movement of figurers to produce silhouettes cast in deep blacks against the light wall.
4. Observation / Record
Silhouettes were created, albeit with distortions in limps and necks of smaller children in front of the light wall. Distortion noted in adults, but to a less degree in limbs and neck area of the body.
Movement was a variable with the fixed camera settings. Due to the cluster of lights and their different individual temperatures, unable to determine how separate light bulb colors affect distortions in limbs. If control was available, I would change the light wall to solid colors to further analyze the degree of distortion, also to change camera settings to adjust and manipulate light and speed.
Silhouettes can be created from this light wall with noticeable distortions. Surprisingly, the distortions appeared regardless of the height or weight of the child, or speed of their movement. Also, this experiment is supported by lessons of Light, Reflection, Refraction, Shadows, Movement, Temperature, and Speed of light from parts and whole of the light spectrum to successful produce silhouettes for the result Of Photography.