Photo: "The Trees Have It"

Joshua Tree National Park is one of my favorite National Park’s for so many reasons. I love the unfamiliar landscape, gorgeous Joshua Trees, big skies and rock formations. 

Last spring, during my most recent visit, the sky was covered in rain clouds shortly before sunset and then the skies opened up and gave us an awesome sky. 

Photo: "Crystal Star Castles"

Joshua Tree National Park happens to be one of my favorite places to visit in California. Not only is the landscape beautiful and strange, but there are fantastic 4x4 roads to explore and also some of the best climbing.

Last month, I hit the park with a few good friends and we did a bit of night shooting, during the full moon.

People often ask me which flashlights I like and which ones I use and the truth is, it varies. Some of my lights are upwards of $100. Others are under $20. You absolutely do not need a $100 light to successfully light paint an image, but there are definitely reasons I love the more expensive lights I have.  To light this image, I used a $17 work light by Viisliam - http://amzn.to/1QYG1sc

Photo: "Gold Mine"

 
 

This mine was founded in the early 1800’s and a mill was constructed on the property in 1900 when the mine changed hands. Sadly not much history can be found about this mine after 1916 and the mil structure is long gone, but its adit and shafts still exist today.

This image was lit with (2) Lume Cubes and a NiteCore flashlight.

(Disclaimer: Mines are very dangerous. Do not venture into these places without proper equipment or without someone who is educated about the hazards.)