Photo: Valley of Fire and the Dangers of Night Photography, Oh No!

Our Celestial Blanket

In the Valley of Fire, I kept finding all these amazing rock formations.  The moon was bright, so bright I could have read, and I could easily see Valley of Fire’s stunning rock formations.

Title: Our Celestial Blanket
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm lens. Blend of two photos: 1.) light painted rocks photo was a 143-second exposure at f/4 ISO 100; 2.) sky photo was a 20-second exposure at f/2.8 ISO 800 taken 20 March 2013 at 9:00 pm.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada U.S.A.

Light painting in the dark is not without some hazards. I’ve bashed my foot into cacti and tripped over rocks and run into shrubbery. For this shot, I scratched up both hands light painting this very photo, running into the long branch of a thorny bush and catching it on my hands, raking along my skin. After I finished this photo, I looked down and saw both my hands covered in blood. Whooops!  I am writing this about three weeks later, and I still have about 6-7 visible marks on each of my hands from that bush!

It’s so hard to see where you are going.  After I mentioned this on my Photography Facebook Page, someone mentioned that they had jacked their knee up doing light painting.  After all, light painting is a very active sort of photography, involving a lot of moving or running around, waving flashlights or other things around.  In the dark.  So sometimes, stuff can happen.

Amazing how we suffer for our art.  😀

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! -Ken

Please click on the photo to view it larger and more clearly!  Thanks!

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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