Since I was a teenager, I have wanted a Cadillac from one of the three years between 1959 - 1961. They are rare and typically when I see one, I get butterflies, but seeing this one rusting in this junkyard made me sad. I knew the only thing I could do would be to take photographs, so I did.
This September 2015 evening started out cloudy, so much so we couldn't even see hints of the moon. Just as the eclipse began, the sky cleared and I captured this image of the moon above a Southern California junkyard.
I haven't photographed a car junkyard since 2015. They really are fantastic places to be in the middle of the night, beneath a full moon.
I definitely would love to be back shooting in one sometime in 2017. (I guess that's my first new year's resolution.)
Inside a 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, my dream car, at a junkyard in Southern California.
(Stats: 60 seconds. f/9. ISO 200)
The sky opened and the clouds lit up right as we pulled in to this Southern California desert junkyard. I'm not sure if I have ever sprinted so quickly through sand.
Sleeping cars in a Southern California junkyard.
This was one of my favorite scenes from a car junkyard one October evening in the Southern California desert.
(Lit with a Streamlight Stinger and moonlight.)
Here in my heart,
crescendos a melody line.
Rises, then falls,
like a tide fighting the moon.
Another awesome car, sitting lonely in a Mojave Desert junkyard.
(Night. Full moon. 150 second exposure. Lit by moonlight and Streamlight Stinger)
A few years ago I used to get out and shoot one night almost every full moon with a regular group of nocturnal photographers. These days my schedule is a lot busier and I tend to do more sunrise shooting, so I don't get out at night as often as I'd like. I'm definitely hoping to change that this year.
This image is from the archives, from a car dismantler in Northern California. The collection of cars here is pretty incredible and they all possess such amazing personalities.
(Print - http://smu.gs/1bWzr2i )
Long exposure night photograph from a Northern California auto dismantler in 2010, processed using VSCO Film 03.
Car near Aguaberry Mine Camp, Death Valley
On our first evening in Death Valley last month, we ventured out to shoot a mine camp. It was the first time I had been shooting at night in a few months, so I was feeling a bit out of practice, but it was amazing being out under the stars again.
(Technical: This is a blend of two images, one exposed for the sky, the other for the light painting and car.)
A full moon night at a bus yard in Northern California.
(Night. Full moon. 90 seconds. Lit by moonlight.)