Where Even PocketWizard Dare Not Tread

And now, your Moment of Zen.

Many thanks to Strobist reader Chano Reus for the heads-up on a Spanish-language blog post detailing the light-painting … of an entire city.

No fewer than fifty photographers in the Asociación Fotográfica de Toledo participated in the making of this complex and highly choreographed image of Toledo, Spain.

NOTE: The post now has English and Spanish versions embedded within the copy. Thanks for that!



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Blogger guy said...

all i can say about this amazing image "HOLY TOLEDO" :q

October 26, 2010 1:56 AM  
Blogger David said...


I generally pride myself on the blog's headline writing. And yet here I sit, bested by the first commenter.

I need a drink.

October 26, 2010 2:05 AM  
Blogger Uge said...

Oh my God!! Amazing idea and amazing photo!!!

October 26, 2010 2:57 AM  
Blogger Edward Yezekian said...

Sorry, the page you requested contains a file type (text/xml) we are unable to translate.



October 26, 2010 3:50 AM  
Blogger Franci J. D'Costa said...

Amazing. Truly Amazing....

October 26, 2010 4:30 AM  
Blogger Ronny said...

David, you gotta do one for Baltimore, :))

October 26, 2010 4:51 AM  
Blogger ChadzynskiFoto.pl said...

Great idea and amazing execution. Two tumbs up from Poland.

October 26, 2010 5:15 AM  
Blogger Bruce Elliott said...

What sort of lights did they use? what... how... wh... Wow!

I want to see it BIGGER! That is stunning.

October 26, 2010 5:34 AM  
Blogger Adam McAnaney said...

Link seems to be broken.

October 26, 2010 6:01 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I'm getting an error on the "machine translated" link. How ironic that I need a translation of the error in order to understand the error!!

October 26, 2010 7:24 AM  
Blogger Photography Rulez said...

Unfortunately link was broken when I tried this morning. :(

October 26, 2010 8:19 AM  
Blogger DanielSting said...

"Even though we didn't need great accuracy, the time synch was achieved by previous adjustments through exact Internet time, system far less scandalous than other proposals we had thought of, such as firing rockets, flares and such and that we got to consider very seriously because of their foreseeable effectiveness."

THAT would have been awesome.

October 26, 2010 9:08 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

It appears the link is no longer working. The staff and students of the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences at RIT have been doing something similar for about 25 years, called the Big Shot. They illuminate different scenes at night using nothing more than hand held strobes. There have been some really cool shots too, like the USS Intrepid and Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester. I think this shot probably trumps the Big Shot in scale though.


October 26, 2010 9:29 AM  
Blogger Southern Skies Coffee Roasters said...

Very, very cool. Now I'm inspired to do some flash painting at my house.

October 26, 2010 10:32 AM  
Blogger JR said...

It is entirely possible to do this shoot with PocketWizards, though rather costly and you run the risk of high instance of theft. I think I'd like to do it just for the satisfaction of setting off so many flashes over such a great territory at once. By myself. Booyah. But . . . there's something to be said for the camaraderie built in involving so many people in the project. Really great idea. I'm jealous that I didn't think of it first. But, I don't live in a place where that can work out very well anyway.

October 26, 2010 10:40 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

Doesn't work here... I'm sad...

It gives me an error in spanish.

October 26, 2010 10:46 AM  
Blogger IsaacMTSU said...

I can't get the link to work, says unable to translate the text

October 26, 2010 11:09 AM  
Blogger Jon Friedrich said...

Agh! I cant read spanish and google translate isn't working, how was this lit?!

October 26, 2010 11:30 AM  
Blogger billdcat said...

Try the translation at this link:


October 26, 2010 11:53 AM  
Blogger starrsoft said...

You can always use Yahoo's BabelFish Translation.

October 26, 2010 12:30 PM  
Blogger chano said...

Hi David:

I´m Chano Reus again, who told you about the Toledo light-painted picture.

I´ve see that the google translator is not working, so I have included the english translation (in italics) in the original post in Caborian


Thanks a lot!
I´m gland that you foud it whorty


October 26, 2010 1:25 PM  
Blogger AFT said...

This photo has been for us a great experience. Thank you all

October 26, 2010 1:34 PM  
Blogger AFT said...

You can see the bigger picture here. Sorry for the watermarks


October 26, 2010 1:37 PM  
Blogger Eloy Gómez said...

Here you can find translated.


October 26, 2010 1:57 PM  
Blogger wiggin_fotografo said...

you can now read the text in english in caborian.com

October 26, 2010 2:21 PM  
Blogger droptheshutter said...

just.. wow..!

(btw, the article has English(ish) translation in it, which, with some mind bending, should get the non-spanish reading peeps the info)

October 26, 2010 2:24 PM  
Blogger Drackar said...

That is quite an undertaking.

October 26, 2010 3:01 PM  
Blogger MindStorm said...

I was in Toledo a couple years ago and shot a night pano from nearly the same spot. Without the aid of 50 flashers and months of planning, mine did not turn out nearly so nice!

That computer generated English is a hoot and worth the read just to see how tortured it is... :)

October 26, 2010 9:46 PM  
Blogger Arpad Daniel Ronaszegi said...

I used flash light painting in architectural photography before (it took time to get proper results) but to do it at this scale is amazing. Must have been exciting for those who participated.

October 26, 2010 9:49 PM  
OpenID kurtwerks said...

What a bunch of overachievers. Wow! Just wow!

October 27, 2010 12:43 AM  
Blogger MeruWarrior said...



I generally pride myself on the blog's headline writing. And yet here I sit, bested by the first commenter.

I need a drink.

Laughing my head off! :D

October 27, 2010 5:07 AM  
Blogger dpmaier said...

Amazing idea, amazing execution, incredible result. Well done!

October 27, 2010 7:16 AM  
OpenID Uzair said...

Wow, that's a lot of flash lights.

October 27, 2010 12:48 PM  
Blogger James said...

hey david, shall we do a manhattan version?

October 27, 2010 4:28 PM  
Blogger DAvid said...

It is very nice but the question is will a non photographer look at this and think wow what a photo or as i suspect will they just see a " city at night ". I am not knocking the effort at all dont get me wrong , its a fun thing for sure.

October 27, 2010 7:32 PM  
Blogger Christopher Scott said...

Unreal....love the creativity and perspective

October 28, 2010 11:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

That's what they should see. It shouldn't draw attention to the process.

November 14, 2010 11:57 AM  

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