Rainbow Village of the Pacific – Chumash Traditional Village with Light Painting and Star Trails

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 April 4 was a full moon, the perfect natural light for some “light painting” photography. And I wanted to light paint something with the Chumash, a Native American people living in Southern California. Thankfully, Mati Waiya and Luhui Isha Waiya of Wishtoyo Foundation answered the call, letting me photograph their beautiful village in Malibu on some bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean throughout the evening.  But this isn’t just a re-creation; it’s a living Chumash cultural village. This cultural village is the only one of its kind in Southern California. They teach about native plants, sustainability, and more through the lens of traditional Chumash cultural values and practices. The village is on land that is the historic home of the Chumash, with eight Chumash prehistoric sites existing within a half mile of the present village, existing as early as 4000-6000 BC. Everything came together during this magical night: the beauty of the location, the kindness of the people in the village, the clean ocean air, the magic and cultural significance of the Chumash village, and the act of “light painting” photography, something I love to do.
I illuminated the ‘ap, the name for the round, traditional Chumash thatched home, with a ProtoMachine LED2 flashlight, a flashlight that can change different colors with the press of a button and is designed for “light painting” such as this. The home was illuminated during the exposure, and is not a Photoshop creation. I illuminated the interior with a red light to make it look as if people were keeping warm by the flames. You can see stars trailing in the sky, a result of the 402 second long exposure. The camera is facing more or less west.

Title: Rainbow Village of the Pacific (6014)
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 402 second exposure, f/8, ISO 200 3850K. 2015-04-04 21:21. Light painting with a Protomachine LED2.
Location: Malibu, CA USA
Una casa tradicional nativo americano de Chumash. La foto fue tomada durante una luna llena. PIntura de luz con un Protomachine LED2. Todo el trabajo de color se hizo durante la exposición, y no es una creación de Photoshop.

Título: Rainbow Village of the Pacific (6014)
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lente a 14 mm, 402 segundos de exposición, f/8, ISO 200 3850K. 2015-04-04 21:21. PIntura de luz con un Protomachine LED2.
Lugar: Malibu, CA, EE.UU.

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 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), on 500px, or my Ken Lee Google+ Page. 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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