Light Painting of a Komatsu WA270-8

Light Painting of a Komatsu WA270-8

Now, for something a bit on the “unusual” side! I had the chance to create a light painting of a Komatsu WA270-8 front loader! I had been looking for a construction truck to light paint and this 14-ton beauty happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Photograph of a Komatsu WA270-8.

A Komatsu WA270-8 front loader on location prior to light painting.

Little Boys Love Construction Trucks

Our three-year-old grandson, Ryder, is absolutely in love with construction trucks of any and all kinds (also fire trucks and police cars for that matter). Ryder can name them, by type of vehicle, better than most adults can. He’s not shy about correcting his grandma and grandpa when they call one by the wrong name.

So, in late March, right around his 3rd birthday, we dressed him up in his construction outfit and photographed him with his toolbox in the studio. Grandpa had every intention of adding him to a light painting of some kind of construction vehicle. I didn’t know what vehicle or when it would happen, but I just kept looking for the right moment.

A cool light painting of a Komatsu WA270-8 and a three-year-old boy dressed as a construction worker.

Our little Ryder, “The Construction Dude”, with a real front loader. Of course, he wasn’t really there, but he wanted to be!

Well, there’s a new building getting built a short distance from us, and they parked the front loader in a nice spot late one day. I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. So about an hour before sunset, I set up for the shot and waited for it to get dark. It took a couple of hours to do the actual photography, then the real light painting magic happened back here at the studio. I’m so happy with the finished image and I’m sure that Ryder will love it too!

Light Painting a Front Loader

This bad boy is a beast! It’s big, tough, and looks pretty cool light painted too! The Komatsu WA270-8 has 153 horsepower and is capable of scooping up to 3.5 cubic yards of material at a time. It can be equipped with a forklift and other accessories too.


A super cool light painting of Komatsu-WA270-8 front loader.

All-in-all, it’s a pretty cool (and big) machine that any three-year-old would love to see doing its work at a job site. In fact, we took Ryder and his big sister, Riley, to take a look at it a few days before I light painted it. Ryder would have stayed all day (Riley, not so much)!

The Movie

I’ve put together a short video on our YouTube Channel with the images I used and “The Build” showing it all come together. The link for that is below. Thank you for reading our post and have a great day! – M&J

“Light Painting of a Komatsu WA270-8” – © 2020 Michael Anderson Photography.

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