Red Rock Canyon, Mojave CA. What a find! Wildflowers, was not expecting it at our lunch stop out to Trona Pinnacles. 2015
Yes, we were seeing green in the desert around us as we were driving up from LA. Small patches here and there, But this took us by surprise…..
Carpets of yellow wildflowers. Red Rock Canyon Mojave CA 2015
So, we stayed a little longer than planned and decided to check on the wildflowers when we came back from Trona if we had time. We were in a remote-er area and wondered what would be over the hills in the main canyons.
On to Trona Pinnacles, got the spot we wanted just in time. Couple vehicles pulled up and talked of having dozens of cars following to that spot. Explained we were doing night photography, won’t work too well. They moved on.
We set up camp and got ready to shoot sunset and stars.
Thin crescent moon set. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Setting crescent moon and I think Venus in the top left corner. Trona 2015
Looking South, orange glow is light pollution. Light painting green and purple flashes on pinnacles. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Then the clouds moved in. Could not see much myself but, you can see the effects in this photo.
Clouds moving in, softening the stars, orange glow. Trona Pinnacles 2015
So we called it a night, 2 am and shut down. Next morning, 5:30am alarm for sunrise. We figure we got 2-2.5 hours sleep.
Not much of a sunrise, coffee time.
Ah, coffee, fresh air, even birds singing. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Then as the BIG group started showing up we realized our peace and quiet had ended.
Still while that night we had some VERY different light in our photos……
Fireworks going off behind our light painting. Trona Pinnacles 2015
And during the day,
Hole shot! Found a hole to climb into. Note kids running up the hill. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Trying to work the clouds. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Yes, little bit of greenery out here. Have to look careful for the flowers. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Playing with black and white out in the field. Later doing a conversion myself. Trona Pinnacles 2015
So it was a good trip, timing was good. The group of people and a film crew Sat. morning broke up the quiet of the place, but it is a favorite of mine to study light. Very primitive camping out there, no water. Here are some more photos from the trip.
I use a remote trigger, so here I am walking down from checking a flash unit. Trona Pinnacles 2015
This time I’m walking down with my red light on and the flashes triggered too. Trona Pinnacles 2015
Red Rock Canyon wildflowers 2015
Macro of wildflower. Red Rock Canyon 2015
Light painting Trona Pinnacles 2015
Red Rock Canyon wildflowers. 2015
Wildflowers, Red Rock Canyon 2015
Anyway, hope you enjoy the photos. Leave me a message in my comments if you have questions about any of the photos.
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