Ghost Towns of Nevada: Goldfield Motel

3154-2014-07-10-2314-97sf8iso400-goldfieldhotelwhiter-kenlee_goldfieldnevada-960pxPlease click on the photo to view it larger and more clearly!  Thanks!

The Goldfield Hotel is by far the largest, most dominant building in Goldfield, and at one point was considered one of the finest hotels west of the Mississippi. Built in 1907 at the height of the gold rush, the hotel is now thought by many to be haunted, and has been featured in TV shows. The hotel is currently not open for looking around, but plans are underway for reconstruction. I light painted this, although some of the lighting is from the nearby streetlights. Light painting photos of this nature are often best done near a full moon, and although occasionally plagued with dark cloudy skies, I kept shooting, clear skies or no.
Title: Goldfield Motel (3154)
Photo: Ken Lee Photography
Info: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens at 14mm, 97 seconds, f/8, ISO 400. 2014-07-10 23:14. I used an LED flashlight and SB-600 with gels to light paint. All colored light work was done during the exposure, and is not a Photoshop creation.
Location: Goldfield, NV, USA
Fotografía nocturna con la pintura de luz en el desierto de Nevada, EE.UU. en el pueblo fantasma de Goldfield. Se trata de una instalación artística en el medio de la nada. Asimismo, el artista no era dueño de la tierra. 😀
Título: Goldfield Motel (3154)
Foto: Ken Lee Photography
Info:. Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED a 14mm, 97 segundos, f / 8, ISO 400 07/10/2014 23:14. He utilizado un flash LED y el SB-600 con geles a la pintura de luz. Todo el trabajo ligero de color se hizo durante la exposición, y no es una creación de Photoshop.
Ubicación: Goldfield, NV, EE.UU.
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Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod.

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Featured Photo – Haunted Bathtub: Light Painting in the Desert

What Is Light Painting?  It’s a photographic technique in which photos are made by moving a hand-held light source around (or by moving the camera) to create an exposure. Today, I’m illustrating a technique in which I am using colored filters to create different colors through light.

Haunted outdoor bathtub underneath the desert stars, all illuminated by shining a light source on the structure and bathtub.

Here, the shutter of my camera remained open for a little over four minutes while I “light painted” the outdoor “bathtub spa” with my trusty mag light, discovering that a metal mag light can become very cold when it is several degrees above freezing at night.  Brrrrrrrr!

Have a look at the bathtub. It has an eerie blue glow!  I placed my mag light inside the tub, covering it with a blue filter.  Fun!

My “light paintbrush” was my trusty mag light, which incidentally gets really cold when it’s 35 degrees Fahrenheit unless you have gloves. I placed my mag light inside the bathtub for about 30-35 seconds with a couple of blue filters laid over the flashlight to give the bathtub its eerie blue glow!!!  The ceiling was “painted” with a green filter, but it doesn’t seem to really show up very much at all.

The streaks of light, or star trails, seen in the sky are the stars moving.  Since the lens was open for over four minutes, they show the movement of the earth.  Longer exposures can show even more circular movements of the stars in the photograph.

250.1 second exposure, F/3.5, 18-200mm VR AF lens, ISO 200.

To see another example of light painting, check out a previous blog of mine, “Midnight In Pioneertown:  Painting With Light“.

Equipment:  Nikon D90, 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens