Raptorous Euphoria: Bellowing at the Stars in Borrego Springs


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I love the elemental, primal nature of this raptor bellowing at the stars.  And today, 21 October 2013, is Reptile Awareness Day, you know, so we’ll have our raptor stand in for our friends, the reptiles.  That’s okay with you, yes?

I light painted this with a Streamlight flashlight while keeping the shutter open for 20 seconds.  I prefer to keep the shutter at 20 seconds or less to keep the stars as pinpoints.  We’re streaking through the universe, spinning quickly, and over 30 seconds really shows the stars as trails.

There are at least 129 metal sculptures of varying sizes in Borrego Springs, many of them rather large, on the Galleta Meadows Estates, owned by the late Dennis Avery. The sculptures were all created by Ricardo Breceda, and are absolutely fascinating. Creating a sculpture garden of prehistoric creatures wins major points for me, and although Borrego Springs is beautiful in itself, it’s really the sculptures that makes it a must-visit for me.

If you’re lucky, you’ll see Bigfoot somewhere around nearby Ranchita.


Title: Raptorous Euphoria (3017)
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 20 seconds at f/3.5 ISO 1250. Illuminated with flash. 2 August 2013 10:37 pm.
Location: Borrego Springs, California

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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