Yosemite, view from Glacier Point. Half Dome. 4 minute exposure.
This is the long promised post on night photography, a starting point into my journey.
43,498 images. Yep, that’s what Lightroom says is in my catalog. With the upgrade a new computer and programs that go with it. I moved from Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5. Now, for the most part I did little in Lightroom 4. Went to Meetup.com groups to see what they did, looked at it as I ran a few tests. Read a lot of a couple of books, David duChemin of Craft & Vision wrote the book that did the most for me. While I like the tech style books, David speaks more to the artist side.
The 4 minute exposure above is my fist real attempt at a long Digital shot. Went up to visit a friend with property in Yosemite, town of Wawona. Yes, it is worked in Photoshop much the same I would have done in a darkroom. dodging/burning, etc….
Had an intervalometer for my camera, we were sitting around the campfire. So I set up the camera. Let it run. In the morning I loaded the files into my laptop and did the Photoshop crunch.
Trees lit by campfire. Star Trails. Yosemite 2013
Couple hours total exposure time, 3 or 4 minutes each shot, stacked. I was jazzed! It worked!
So, I continued to talk to others, read a few books and of course, Keep shooting every chance I got.
Trip to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, I did this one.
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA. Light of setting moon on horizon, light painting in foreground.
3 hours plus some, star trails. Had to cut it short as the sun came up.
Up on Mt Pinos, just north of Los Angeles, I shot some of the Milky Way shots. Was trying to do star trails with a 2nd camera. Mixed up the remote controls radio frequencies. Thought it was running it wasn’t. Yes, I do make mistakes. I try to learn from them too.
Milky Way shot from Mt. Pinos. Aprox 8,000ft.
White balance pushed cooler.
But by far the place I go to a lot and night photography is always on the menu. Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree N.P. Light painting with 4 hour star trails. (120 frames stacked)
My photography/camping buddy and I go to Joshua Tree a lot, hiking in to where we can do light painting and star shots. We also shoot wild flowers and landscapes during the day. Some times we remember to sleep.
So I will be posting a lot more of the Journey. I hope you enjoy the story and photos.
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