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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