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.


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