Featured Photo: Midnight in Pioneertown – Painting With Light

Midnight in Pioneertown

Long Exposure Light Painting
This is a photo I just took very recently out in the high California desert near Joshua Tree in Pioneertown.  I kept the shutter open for 7 minutes, and then “light painted” the water tower and two Joshua Trees by shining an LED flashlight and repeatedly firing my speedlight flash while trying to stay warm during the close-to-freezing midnight photo shoot.

You can see the lights of several cars whizzing past in the distance. The white streaks in the sky are stars. They appear as streaks due to the movement of the earth since the shutter was open for 7 minutes. Fun!!

There’s no Photoshop editing aside from some light sharpening and contrast.  The magic of the image is in the time-consuming but fun shooting process itself.

Equipment:  Nikon D90, 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens

Title: Midnight in Pioneertown
Camera: Nikon D90, 18-200mm VR lens at 18mm, f/16, 421.8 seconds (about 7 minutes)
Location: Pioneertown, California, USA


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