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This 15 minute documentary tells the story of Denis Smith, professional light painter. Two years ago, Denis was in a high pressure sales job, struggling with drink, debt and depression. His family life was suffering, so he needed to make changes to his life before all was lost. He moved to Australia and soon discovered light painting, a unique form of photography which allows for vibrant and surreal imagery. Through a new found love of creativity, Denis began to change his life and find clarity.

Ball of Light, 9.1 out of 10 based on 80 ratings

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  • TEE2011

    I Love this :D, my partner and I live in Auckland, New Zealand and also do light work. its amazing and we absolutely love it.

  • Recon

    So he super imposes the pictures of the light balls onto pics he took before?… Cause he’s shooting in the middle of the night but the picture they show us is taken in the day….I’m confused.

    • Denis

      Hi Recon, Denis here. All of the shots you see are a single exposure with no pixels added or removed. Just long exposures! Dont be confused, just enjoy them for what you see.

      • Xrevenentx

        Hello!  Wouldn’t it be cool if he did a ball of light then did an extended horizontal spin within it? It would make it look like saturn!

    • Taytay

      its such a long exposure that the small amount of light is collected up and appears brighter than it really is.

  • ReverbSoul

    @Recon – The long exposure of the shots makes it appear to be taken during the day. All of the shots are done at night with what would appear to be between 1 minute and 5 minute exposure times. Leaving the shutter open for such great periods of time captures so much natural light that the photos have a day time look to them.

  • ReverbSoul

    @Recon – The long exposure of the shots makes it appear to be taken during the day. All of the shots are done at night with what would appear to be between 1 minute and 5 minute exposure times. Leaving the shutter open for such great periods of time captures so much natural light that the photos have a day time look to them.

  • Jeepchik4x4

    I would like to see a few sphere’s on water. The ocean, lakes, pond, a creek.. I think it wold look awesome…Do you sell them?

  • http://www.watchesinbox.com/index.php sunnylovey

    I like the top button of turn off the lights, it’s so funny! http://bit.ly/hchlww

  • Anonymous

    Wow that’s different. Awesome.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sunnevajoh Sunjo Désign

    Brilliant .. not of this earth almost .. just brilliant !! Should fly over to Iceland and do some of your work here (wishful thinking ;)
    Amazing Denis, follow your passion and enjoy life !!
    - at least some have to go over after death and say I had too much of the good stuff and it was grand – instead of those regret stories :)

    Stay Brilliant Be Inspired

    - Sunneva Joh
    Iceland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sunnevajoh Sunjo Désign

    Brilliant .. not of this earth almost .. just brilliant !! Should fly over to Iceland and do some of your work here (wishful thinking ;)
    Amazing Denis, follow your passion and enjoy life !!
    - at least some have to go over after death and say I had too much of the good stuff and it was grand – instead of those regret stories :)

    Stay Brilliant Be Inspired

    - Sunneva Joh
    Iceland.

  • Lover

    What a sense of relief from all the troubles of life and work. Really inspiring. I thank you!

  • Lover

    What a sense of relief from all the troubles of life and work. Really inspiring. I thank you!

  • Lover

    What a sense of relief from all the troubles of life and work. Really inspiring. I thank you!

  • Lover

    What a sense of relief from all the troubles of life and work. Really inspiring. I thank you!

  • Kathleen Newell

    Wow, this is wonderous. I’ve always been drawn to night photography… this “painting with light” takes it to a whole new level. Beautiful images, and story too…

  • Dglester

    Oh my goodness… this is just mesmerizing. It does look like they’re in the daylight, but you can see the stars in little lines all over the sky. I went to your website and can’t stop staring. Just BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Dglester

    Oh my goodness… this is just mesmerizing. It does look like they’re in the daylight, but you can see the stars in little lines all over the sky. I went to your website and can’t stop staring. Just BEAUTIFUL!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=695274535 Laura Tatum Pearman

    The symbolism of this story just blow my mind. It makes me want to weeps with joy.

  • http://www.miamiwebdesignpro.com miami web design

    this was very impressive…good job man you’re finally doing something you truly have passion for. I’m jealous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mallory-Erin-Israel/39804808 Mallory Erin Israel

    I started creating light grafitti a little over a year ago. It really is fun to do and it’s easy too! All you have to do is tie a flashlight (unscrew the cap so that the cap does not block the bulbs light) to a sting and stand in one place being sure not to move. Keep your wrist very still and a perfect circle will be created. If your not sure about the photography part just ask a friend that does photography i’m sure they can help you out. Here are some of my creations. Enjoy!! (must login to facebook to view)

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.600206225149.2138731.39804808&saved

    my spheres are towards the end of the albumn.

  • Eleena

    Fantastic.  Beautiful stunning images!!

  • Ray C.

    Very nice… and inspiring.  Thank you for sharing this.  Here’s what I’ve done with light paintings.  Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iODYH9XNg6M

  • Ray C.

    Very nice… and inspiring.  Thank you for sharing this.  Here’s what I’ve done with light paintings.  Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iODYH9XNg6M

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  • Moonoggie

    this guy is such an asshole
     

  • Jacquifoster

    soooooooo stunningly beautiful and your story is an inspiration of the magic changing your life can achieve

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  • Phonoho

    This guy could easily find investors willing to send him around the world to shoot balls of light in exotic locations.

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  • Ajfkj

    cool, yumyumshisha

  • VictorBjörkJohansen

    Very nice documentary, love it :)

  • Dugg_crates

    what a sob story!

  • Beer

    He might be a very good light painter, but that doesnt make him an artist. I would be interested seeing him do other things as well.

  • Dave78

    The most important thing is that he’s happy.