Joshua Tree: Sisyphus Has Left The Park (light painting long exposure night sky photography)

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Title: Sisyphus Has Left The Park
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 25 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 200. “Light painted” with a Dorcy flashlight and a wee bit of red from an Energizer headlamp.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.
Light painting this was definitely a challenge.  I wanted to get as much texture on the rock as possible.
The other challenge was that I wanted to do it quickly to get the stars as pinpoints.  The fastest I could light paint the whole rock seemed to be 25 seconds, so I opened up the aperture, hoping that the rocks in the foreground and the stars in the background would remain in focus.  Somehow, I’m not sure how, I managed to get that!!!
I love how the rock is balanced up high, another one of nature’s astonishing things.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

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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