Joshua Tree: Stone And Tree Revisited

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I returned to this stone and tree location to try another photo.  This time, instead of clicking a photo quickly as I was walking past, I took my time and set up the shot with a tripod.  I am thinking of printing this one to hang on the wall in at Blueberry Buddha Recording Studios (I’m also a recording engineer).

This one is a blending of two photos, one shot for a general overall exposure, and the other  exposed for just the foreground tree.  I then simply blended the foreground tree in a bit, a sort of handmade HDR to create a little more dynamic range in the photo.  I could have also done it by illuminating the tree with a flash, but was happy with blending them as well. Whatever works.

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

See some more photos from our trip to Joshua Tree in February 2013!

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Joshua Tree: Trinity Stars (Night Sky Photography)

Trinity Stars, a three-trunk tree, spreading out before the glorious night sky.

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Title: Trinity Stars
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Dorcy LED flashlight for “light painting” the rocks and the trees. 30 second exposure, f/4, ISO 500.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA

I love this three-trunk Joshua Tree reaching up to the stars.

This is a long exposure shot in which I again had to try and hurry the “light painting” component of the shot to try and capture the stars as pin points.  To keep stars as pin points, I usually prefer to keep the exposure under 20 seconds to avoid them appearing as small star trails, but with a lens as wide as 11mm, one can get away with a little more sometimes.  Anyway, my running around with a flashlight seems to have paid off…this is “light painted” pretty well.  The bright moon added even more light to the rocks, creating some shadows in addition to my light source.

A beautiful evening!!!!!

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

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Casting Down Great Stones From Heaven – Hemispheres (night sky star trails photo)

Another week has passed…and that means it’s another week for a night sky photo!  This one is a star trails photo, one with that new “comet look” that I’ve become so captivated with lately.

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Title: Casting Down Great Stones From Heaven – Hemispheres
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. This consists of 35 stacked photos, all with an exposure time of 30 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 200, for a total exposure time of 17 and a half minutes. “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.

With so many of these night sky photos, especially star trails photos, it’s a bit difficult to see what it looks like when it’s so dark, and unpredictable as to its outcome, but a bit of pre-visualization and experience does help. But nonetheless, it’s always a surprise to see how the photo comes out, a sort of gift from the ether.

 

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

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Joshua Tree: Frozen Tsunami (night sky photo)

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Title: Frozen Tsunami
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. 25 second exposure at f/5.6, ISO 200. The cliff was “light painted” with a Dorcy LED flashlight.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA USA

A lot of people have commented on how these look like Beluga Whales.  But I went with a frozen tsumani.  We can see a lot of things in these rocks.  It’s as if you and I were lying on our backs on the grass, seeing shapes in the clouds passing slowly overhead.

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

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Joshua Tree: They Raised Their Arms To Heaven (night sky light painting long exposure photography)

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Title: They Raised Their Arms To Heaven
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 20 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 500. “Light painted” with a Dorcy flashlight.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA.

Mormons passing through the desert thought these yuccas looked like Joshua raising his arms to heaven, and so the name “Joshua Tree” was coined.

After over five hours in Joshua Tree National Park taking night sky photos, I was driving back slowly, listening to Hendrix, and feeling pretty good about the photos.  I stopped off to, uh, answer the call of nature, and saw these trees and thought I should photograph them stretching their arms to heaven.

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

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