Half Savage, But There Is Hope – Vasquez Rocks Night Sky Photography

The landscape where Captain Kirk battled the Gorn, Vasquez Rocks, with a night sky photo illuminated by moonlight.  The rock formations in this area are fantastic and inspiring.


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

If the moonlight is already beautiful, I will tend not to “light paint” the foreground.  No reason.  Natural lighting from the moon can look pretty great.  Just depends.  Or I’ll try it both ways and experiment, as “light painting” can make an otherworldly shot even more…well, otherworldly.

With this photo, I was able to get away with just a 15-second exposure, which reduces the amount of trailing stars would do with a longer exposure, having the stars appear more like pinpoints of light as we typically view them.  I love both more natural kinds of night sky photography as well as longer exposures with star trails.  They’re both really a huge passion of mine.

Title: Half Savage, But There Is Hope
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, 15 second exposure, ISO 640 f/3.2. Mountain illuminated by the moon. 20 April 2013 12:33 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Vasquez Rocks, California, USA

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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