Jennifer Wu and painting with light

Hadn’t given much thought to how a simple flashlight might transform an otherwise dark image into a masterpiece, at least not until last night when I attended a presentation by photographer Jennifer Wu at the Greater Lynn Photographic Association in Lynn, MA.

Wu is a Canon Explorer of Light and her images of twilight and night skies are unforgettable. She occasionally uses flashlights of various intensity to illuminate her subjects during time exposures. The flashlight with the incandescent bulb delivers a warm light, the one with LED a colder blue. She even uses a red light setting available on some flashlights to paint around doorways or otherwise enhance the image.

Anyone interested can find her work at