Light Painting at Night in Joshua Tree: Martian Flying Saucer Landing (Because February is Joshua Tree Month Here at Ken Lee Photography!)

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The Guardian of Forever

That’s right. Continuing with February Joshua Tree Month.  Because I can.

This is actually in Yucca Valley, not in Joshua Tree.  But close enough.  No one from the Park is gonna berate me for this.

So how did I create this UFO through “light painting”, you ask?

I used El Wire. Like I mentioned last week, this ain’t Spanish for wire, no it isn’t.  It’s short for electroluminescent wire.  El wire is a copper wire coated in a phosphor, you see, and when you add juice from batteries, voila, it starts to glow!  Cheap, easy, you can get anywhere.  I chose blue El Wire because blue screams “I am extraterrestrial” to me.  And it should to you too. I just simply waved the wire over each of the supports, and also created the glowing globe on the top because I figure flying saucers should have a glowing globe on the top of their dome.

Light Painting:  I used an absurdly bright flashlight, a Dorcy, “light painting” the landscape from probably about 25-30 feet away, from the left side.  I tried to imitate the lovely way the full moon was falling on the rock and tree so it would look very natural. The Dorcy is almost like holding a car headlight in your hand.  Whazaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!  Fun!!  This was a 478-second exposure.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Joshua Tree month here at Ken Lee Photography, where we featured photos of this remarkable desert region.  But not just any photos.  Here, we’re crazy about long exposure photos.  And night sky photos.  And “light painting”.  And this entire month, that’s what we delivered, just for you.

You can tell I just love this stuff, can’t you?  😀

Title: Martian Flying Saucer Landing
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 478 seconds at f/10, ISO 200. Light painting with a flashlight and blue electroluminescent wire.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Yucca Valley, California, USA.

 

 

Light Painting at Night in Joshua Tree: M-Class Planet (Because February is Joshua Tree Month Here at Ken Lee Photography!)

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M-Class Planet

That’s right. Continuing with February Joshua Tree Month.  Because I can.

What’s going on here?  What’s with the funny blue mist at the bottom?  Or the rings around the stone?  And what’s with the “Star Trek” titles?

Sci-Fi Titles:  Last one first.  Joshua Tree is otherworldly.  Feels like an alien landscape.  And definitely when you see stones like this, jutting out of the earth.  Wow!  And it also felt like Alfa 177.

You see, Alfa 177 is an insanely geeky reference to a Star Trek episode called “The Enemy Within”, in which a transporter malfunction on the U.S.S. Enterprise trapped Lt. Sulu’s landing party on the surface of Class M planet Alfa 177 overnight during freezing cold that left some suffering severe frostbite. While I didn’t have a phaser to heat rocks, I also didn’t have to sleep overnight during -120 Celsius temperatures. And I didn’t get split into two entities, one good and one bad, so it was all good. And to add to the sci-fi vibe, much of these photos were edited while listening to Brian Eno’s “On Land”, “Apollo”, and “Another Green World” to continue how I felt to be outside at night taking these photos.

Funny Blue Mist:  Yeah, what’s that about?  It’s El Wire.

El Wire?

Yeah, El Wire.  This is not Spanish for wire, no it isn’t.  It’s short for electroluminescent wire.  El wire is a copper wire coated in a phosphor, you see, and when you add juice from batteries, voila, it starts to glow!  And in different colors!  If you don’t get one for “light painting”, you could go to a rave or tie it around as part of a costume!!  Oh, the fun!  And this stuff is easily available online, including Amazon.com.  And it’s cheap. Cheap.  Fun. Artistic.  Whaddaya waitin’ for?

So I took this El Wire and wave it around the base of the stone, walking around it several times.  Kept me nice and warm since it was freezing out.

Rings Around The Stone:  You can see three red rings around the stone, yes you can.  These are from my Energizer headlamp.  I set it to the red light setting, held it up high, and walked around the stone three times!  Wheeee!!  Why three?  Uh, why not?  For representing past, present, and future?

Light Painting:  I used an absurdly bright flashlight, a Dorcy, “light painting” the rock and tree from probably about 25 feet away, from the left side.  I tried to imitate the lovely way the full moon was falling on the rock so it would look very natural. The Dorcy is almost like holding a car headlight in your hand.  Whazaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!  Fun!!  This was a 199-second exposure.  Next week, we’ll feature an longer exposure with a different example of “light painting”, one that’s rather extraterrestrial in nature!!!!!

All this fun activity took 199 seconds.  If you’re bad at math, that’s three minutes and 19 seconds.  And it went by quickly!!!

So as you can tell, this month, we’re gonna be featuring photos of Joshua Tree.  But not just any photos.  Here, we’re crazy about long exposure photos.  And night sky photos.  And “light painting”.  And so this month, we’re going to feature photos of Joshua Tree that have all of this!!!

You can tell I just love this stuff, can’t you?  😀

Title: M- Class Planet
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 199 seconds at f/11, ISO 200. Combination of natural lighting from the full moon and light painting with a flashlight, a red headlamp held high, and blue electroluminescent wire.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.

 

 

Long Exposure Night Sky Photos in Joshua Tree: Tower of Mordor (Because February is Joshua Tree Month Here at Ken Lee Photography!)

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The Tower of Mordor

Yeah. February Joshua Tree Month.  So good.  So right.

Rock photo with “light painted” goodness.  What’d I use?  I used an absurdly bright flashlight, a Dorcy, “light painting” the rock from probably about 25 feet away, from the side.  The Dorcy is almost like holding a car headlight in your hand.  Whazaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!  Fun!!  This was a 25-second exposure.  I ran to the left, waved the flashlight wildly around on the rock, and managed to keep warm this way.

The observant among you might notice some patterns this month. One is why I keep running to the left (or right) to “light paint” instead of doin’ it straight on.  I did this because sometimes, i was mimicking how the light of the full moon was falling on the subject.  But I also did this because if the light is coming from the side, it reveals more of the texture of the rock.  Look at the photo.  You can almost reach out and touch the texture on the rock.  I love that!

As for the other patterns?  Well, we’ve got this funny science fiction/fantasy title thing going on this month.  I like running around to keep warm.  And I like to have fun.  But you knew that, didn’t you?

As the month goes on, I’ll show you different examples of “light painting” that are longer and more involved!!  You don’t wanna miss this, so subscribe to this blog.  You’ll be happy you did.  And you can ask me questions in the comments section.  Or even offer praise.  Or dolma.  Or sing me a song.

All this beautiful month, we’re featuring photos of Joshua Tree.  But not just any photos.  Here, we’re crazy about long exposure photos.  And night sky photos.  And “light painting”.  And so this month, we’re going to feature photos of Joshua Tree that have all of this!!!

You can tell I just love this stuff, can’t you?  😀

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Title: Tower of Mordor
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 25 seconds at f/5, ISO 200. Combination of natural lighting from the full moon and light painting with a flashlight.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.
 

Long Exposure Night Sky Photos in Joshua Tree: Winter Tree and Stone (Because February is Joshua Tree Month Here at Ken Lee Photography!)

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Winter Stone and Tree

That’s right. Continuing with February Joshua Tree Month.  Because I can.

Late night, Joshua Tree.  Winter.  Yeah, a little cold, about freezing, but “light painting” is an active form of photography, yes it is.

What do I mean by that?  Running around the desert waving flashlights around.  Yeah.  That’s what I’m talkin’ about.  And people ask, “Doesn’t that feel silly?”

Yeah.  Absolutely.  And it’s great.  And look at the kind of photos we get.  This is fun stuff!

And anyway, at late hours, particularly when it’s freezing out, people are either sleeping or huddling by their campfires.  Anybody who’s out is almost assuredly another photographer.  And they’d not only most likely know what I’m doing, they’re probably doing it too!!!!!

I’ve been out late at night in Joshua Tree, the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mono Lake, or other places.  I’ll go for several days or maybe a week.  And people say, “Wow, that’s a long time to spend by yourself!”  But I’m not by myself.  At these hours, late at night, early in the morning, the only nutjobs that are out are other photographers.  And they’re doing the same thing!!  So no, it’s actually been quite social at times!!!

So as you can tell, this month, we’re gonna be featuring photos of Joshua Tree.  But not just any photos.  Here, we’re crazy about long exposure photos.  And night sky photos.  And “light painting”.  And so this month, we’re going to feature photos of Joshua Tree that have all of this!!!

For “light painting”, I used an absurdly bright flashlight, a Dorcy, “light painting” the rock and tree from probably about 25 feet away, from the left side.  I tried to imitate the lovely way the full moon was falling on the rock and tree so it would look very natural. The Dorcy is almost like holding a car headlight in your hand.  Whazaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!  Fun!!  This was a 25-second exposure, just like last week’s photo.  Next week, we’ll feature some longer exposures,  and as the month goes on, some different examples of “light painting”!

You can tell I just love this stuff, can’t you?  😀

Title: Tower of Mordor
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 25 seconds at f/5, ISO 200. Combination of natural lighting from the full moon and light painting with a flashlight.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.

 

 

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Long Exposure Night Sky Photos in Joshua Tree: Guardian of Forever (Because February is Joshua Tree Month Here at Ken Lee Photography!)

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That’s right.  I’m going to declare February Joshua Tree Month.  Because I can.

This month, we’re gonna be featuring photos of Joshua Tree National Park, out in the desert in California, USA.  But not just any photos.  Here, we’re crazy about long exposure photos.  And night sky photos.  And “light painting”.  And so this month, we’re going to feature photos of Joshua Tree that have all of this!!!

This was taken out at Arch Rock on Friday, 28 December. Often, night photographers lament the full moon, which blots out the stars from the night sky. I decided I’d embrace it, give it a big hug, and make it part of the photo. I light painted the arch using a powerful flashlight and a headlamp set to red.

I used an absurdly bright flashlight, a Dorcy, “light painting” the rock from probably about 25 feet away, from the side.  The Dorcy is almost like holding a car headlight in your hand.  Whazaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!  Fun!!  This was a 25-second exposure.  Next week, we’ll feature another 25-second exposure,  and as the month goes on, some different examples of “light painting” that are longer and more involved!!

You can tell I just love this stuff, can’t you?  😀

Title: The Guardian of Forever
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 25 seconds at f/8, ISO 200. Light painted with flashlight and red headlamp.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.