Joshua Tree: A Suspended Blue Ocean (Night Sky Star Trails photograph)

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Title: A Suspended Blue Ocean
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. 35 stacked photos, all 25 second exposures at f/2.8, ISO 500, equaling 14 and a half minutes. The cliff was “light painted” with a Dorcy LED flashlight.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA
I was driving along, late at night on 17 February 2013, listening to a live Hendrix album.  I had been out for over five hours already, “light painting”, and was going back to sleep.
But to the left, I saw this beautiful cliff.  Well, I saw almost a silhouette of it, the cliff only partially illuminated by the moon.  By I thought it might come out well, so I traipsed out, walking 3-4 minutes in the dark with my camera equipment.  I knew I’d need to use the powerful Dorcy LED spotlight to illuminate the cliff since an ordinary flashlight would not have the reach.  I ran to the right of the cliff, allowing the camera to keep clicking away, and shined the light through a plastic bag to diffuse the light a bit.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116

You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!



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