Sleeping cars in a Southern California junkyard.
Light painting cars in the middle of the night is one of my favorite things.
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)
It's always such a challenge to explore an entire junkyard and try to capture the most interesting and appealing elements.
Seeing how ice cream is one of my favorite things in life, there was no doubt I was going to stop to shoot this truck last night.
(Night. Supermoon. 180 seconds. Interior light painted with a Streamlight Stinger flashlight)
I'm hanging out in a hotel room in the the desert, staying cool while the world melts from the 100 degree temps outside.
I wish I could say I've been night shooting recently, but the last time I took my camera out beneath a moon was in March, when I shot an aircraft boneyard with the two guys (Mike Hows and Joe Reed) I'm shooting with tonight at a car junkyard.
I can't wait.
Back in June I took a last minute trip to Yosemite National Park and the Mammoth Lakes for some full moon goodness with another night photographer.
When we arrived in the park around 11pm, we drove up to Tioga Pass, with the intentions of driving until we saw something awesome we wanted to shoot. The advantage of the Super full moon was that it was bright enough to see our surroundings.
This was my first time up at Olmstead Point and it was so beautiful and peaceful.
Mono Lake, California
Until last weekend, it had been a while since I'd been out shooting under the full moon. A few years ago, I was able to get out nearly every month and shoot at least one moon night, but life seems to get in the way lately. I guess it's time to start figuring out how to make that happen again.
(This image was a 9 minute exposure taken at ISO 100 and f/16.)
pouring glittered stardust upon the sea
the colorful melodies wrapped within
while resting peacefully..."
The Racetrack, Death Valley
The Mare Island Naval Shipyard contains several hundred buildings and other structures, all erected at various times throughout the 120-year operation and constructed in a variety of architectural styles. Among these structures are the Naval Weapons Station, Marine Barracks, Nuclear Power School and Combat Systems Technical Schools Command, Hospital and Power Plant.
"She fumbled for a flashlight in the dead of night and the beam revealed a dream world slowly morphing into reality..."
The Racetrack, Death Valley
I'm in the mood to continue posting night images, so here is another shot from a Death Valley trip in January. This was taken at the end of blue hour. Light painting was added to help accentuate the textures in the playa and give emphasis on the rock.
Abandoned mine camp, Death Valley.
Based on what little information I've found online, this building, at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, was where blasting and painting of military parts was done. The two main buildings, connected by a thin hallway of hooks on conveyor belts, contained groups of washers, blasters and driers.