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?  :D

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.

 

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