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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/30/14: Milky Mono Mylo

Location: Mono Lake, CA.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 6400, 15 second exposure.

In case you were not already aware, I run a company called 'Danger' and it features three characters that always get into danger (of course). We sell tees, tanks, hats, sweaters, and prints.. Soon toys! Here's one of the little dudes, Mylo - I made out of sculpy clay and bring him on our adventures. He's sitting on a tufa here with some stars in the distance.

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milky mono mylo

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/29/14: Parasaurolophus

Location: Sand Harbor - Lake Tahoe, NV.

Settings: F13, ISO 100, 191 second exposure.

After the sun sets, most light-painters know about a window of opportunity called 'blue hour'. It's a time where there's just enough light to give the sky an ombre look and color most of the landscape blueish-purple while still being dark enough to light-paint a 3 minute exposure. The time is always ticking, and you only get a few shots where the conditions are just right.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/28/14: Lake Lovers

Location: Lake Tahoe, NV.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 6400, 15 second exposure.

We were discussing what animal I should light paint at Lake Tahoe and then the answer walked right past us in the form of a Raccoon.

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Lake Lovers

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/27/14: Otherworldly

Location: Mono Lake, CA.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 6400, 15 second exposure.

What a strange place to visit. During the day it's weird enough, but at night this spot gets colder, the wind dies down, and the stars come out. Mix that with a pack of coyotes howling in the distance and you've got the start of a great sci-fi horror film.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/26/14: Lake Tahoe

Location: Sand Harbor - Lake Tahoe, NV.

Settings: F14, ISO 100, 62 second exposure.

What a great spot to watch the sunset. Bats were flying around everywhere snapping up moths in the sky during this photo.

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lake tahoe

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/25/14: Waking the Giant

Location: Red Rock Canyon - Kern County, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Light painting at F5.6, ISO 100, 290 second exposure, Milky Way at F3.5, ISO 6400, 15 second exposure.

I did some traveling over the weekend and hit a few awesome spots that I'm excited to share images from over the week. The first of which is at Red Rock Canyon, an area in Kern County off the 14 highway with some interesting geological formations that work great for pitting against the starry night sky. The landscape here looks similar to a giant strip of bacon in the desert.

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waking the giant

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/21/14: Cage Rage

Location: Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 113 second exposure.

This is one of those places that probably won't exist forever, and several parts of it are now fenced off since the last time I was there only months ago.. It's a bit of a liability for the city I suppose, former animal cages rusting on a park hillside where teenagers climb, graff, and do drugs. Glad to get some shots in while I can, it's a weird piece of LA history.

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cage rage

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/20/14: Creepers

Location: Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 298 second exposure.

This image has a funny story to go along with it.. I was out shooting alone at the Old LA Zoo last night, which is a creepy place to begin with. The first spot I went to was the old monkey jail, where I saw a few people out on night hikes while I shot. Then came along a guy in a white shirt.. I heard his footsteps first, so I turned around and said 'hello', he said 'hi' and walked by. Later I walked to this spot and began shooting again, when two people walked by I said 'hello', they said 'hi'.. Then proceeded to ask if I saw a guy in a white shirt walk by. I said 'maybe, why?' Then they told me that he was a creeper and he was following them. They ran away but they weren't sure if they evaded him or not.. But if I was shooting here and he wasn't creeping already, then I was probably fine. I told them I was going to keep shooting here whether or not a creeper was present. I think they were just spooked.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/19/14: Blastoff

Location: El Matador Beach - Malibu, CA.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 3200, 15 second exposure.

I think if the Milky Way was this visible, more regular people would be out at night. Until the atmosphere thins and all light pollution is finished off by some earthquake, I'll be out here shooting 15 second exposures trying to capture the stars as I see them. Most don't have the motivation to go for an hour drive just to hike around in the dark and shoot at the sky, I'm glad we do.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/18/14: Plateosaurus

Location: El Matador Beach - Malibu, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Light painting at F7.1, ISO 100, 190 second exposure, Milky Way at F3.5, ISO 3200, 15 second exposure.

Something about jagged rocks jutting out of the coastline speaks to a more primal Earth for me. The Milky Way is like icing on the cake. I went with the bi-pedal herbivore 'Plateosaurus' this time around based on a recommendation from @ClairePdF on Twitter.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/16/14: Lake Like Love

Location: Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA.

I chose to post this image because it's calming and peaceful to me. The clear water and soft ripples make me think of swishing water, a gentle breeze and leaves rustling on a warm day. Wishing you a good weekend, wherever you may be.

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lake like love

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/15/14: Agilisaurus

Location: Malibu, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 166 second exposure.

This was a small and quick herbivore from the mid Jurassic period.. I don't know if it could have climbed the ladder to reach this point by itself, but it looks like it's enjoying the view here.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/14/14: By Moonlight

Location: Malibu, CA.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 1600, 10 second exposure.

Quite a nice view up here, it's too bad a mob of teenagers are about to spoil it with their shitty iphone music about rappers that 'want to be rich and not famous'.

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by moonlight

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/13/14: Visitors

Location: Malibu, CA.

Settings: F9, ISO 100, 316 second exposure.

Joint collab with my girlfriend on this one. We climbed an old radio tower with the help of some high-school kids' rope. There are two ten foot walls to scale before reaching the Cold War era tower, so it was nice of them to drop us a line.. The way back was not as easy, as they had left with their rope while we practiced our light-painting antics.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/12/14: Cool Cat

Location: Hawthorne, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 79 second exposure.

Feral cats ran around this abandoned structure, I was a bit surprised we didn't discover hundreds more inside the building. It's a weird feeling to be inside somewhere so popular in recent history and now completely abandoned.

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cool cat

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/11/14: Stone Face

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 170 second exposure.

After shooting the Arch Rock in Joshua Tree with Moonscribe and my girlfriend Jordan, it was a bit after midnight. We tried to find the 'Lone Juniper and Balanced Rock' for another quick shoot before Jordan and I headed back to LA, but had no luck. We had a vague idea of where it was, but had never been there to recognize the area in the dead of night! As a plan B, we ended up at Skull Rock and decided this profile looking face seemed like a better location than the Skull rock, which was missing a jaw anyways. Here my skeleton sits, stone-faced.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/7/14: Clayton Bixby

Location: Big Sur, CA.

Settings: 7 vertical images at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 second exposures each.

In photography, it's all about perspective, and that's why I like this photo. It takes something as large as Bixby Bridge in Big Sur - an architectural feat in itself, and pits it right against the architecture of the Universe. To think that we are looking out from just one spiral arm of a seemingly infinitely larger galaxy within other infinitely larger galaxies is a totally mind-melting fact! I'm also happy to have shot the bridge by itself without any pesky cars disrupting the view!

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clayton bixby

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/6/14: Australovenator

Location: Hawthorne, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 318 second exposure.

Here's a prehistoric animal that is a bit similar to the Raptor, but also a little more like an Allosaurus.. No large talons on the feet here. I had to make up most of the skeletal structure (but based it on the Allosaurus) because so little of the animal's fossilized remains have been found.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/5/14: Pink Bones

Location: San Diego, CA.

Settings: F9, ISO 100, 340 second exposure.

Pink skeletons reflect their aura on the beach.

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pink bones

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/4/14: Amargasaurus

Location: Hawthorne, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 355 second exposure.

This place was perhaps the largest area I've ever attempted to photograph at night. Imagine entering a long abandoned mall where you're the only person there. It was haunting to say the least, and eerie sounds of metal and concrete would groan as we walked into the hollow structure. It became obvious I had to illustrate something large enough to compete with this sort of space! Therefor, here comes another light fossil, an Amargasaurus - characterized by it's spiny back vertebrae. Special thanks to Sean for going with me on this adventure!

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/3/14: Make Your Own Path

Location: Wiltshire, England

I'm not one for sharing landscapes, but there is something about vacant spaces that draws me in - the grass is always greener sort of thing where we look for spaces free of human activity because it's all we see.. A breath of fresh air is nice when you're living in the city.

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make your own path

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/2/14: Shop Update!

Just a casual heads-up, I've updated the shop section to my website. Now you can search for a specific image or go straight to a gallery for Light Fossils, Skeletons, Animals, Postcards, Angels, etc. I even included a gallery on Landscapes, which is sort of a nice change of pace.. But it still looks like a blank canvas to me :) - Have a great weekend!

shop update

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 8/1/14: Don't Feed the Bears

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 640, 210 second exposure.

This was from about a month ago out shooting with Michael Shainblum, Jordan, and Chloe in search of the elusive Milky Way. I had been wanting to illustrate a proper bear for the sake of California and I was happy to create this one with a clearly defined mouth, ears and four limbs. It was a bit cold at this altitude, and we were under-prepared for it. But the sky was bright, the scent of pine was all around, and we came away with some quality shots, goodtimes, and a great perspective of space from the forest.

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don't feed the bears

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/31/14: Desert Fox

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 179 second exposure.

If you've ever seen one of these little fellas in real life, you'd know how incredibly awesome they are. They are characterized by huge ears that outweigh their body and behave a bit like a small skittish cat. They roam the deserts at night feeding on insects, small animals and birds. Wild and cute for sure.

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desert fox

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/30/14: Here They Come

Location: San Diego, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 1600, 135 second exposure.

The little green men are at it again.

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here they come

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/29/14: 3D Glasses

Location: Big Sur, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 200, 121 second exposure.

I've been on a red and blue kick lately, great colors for contrasting depth in an image.

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3D Glasses

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/28/14: Light Dove

Location: Big Sur, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Light painting at F5.6, ISO 100, 155 second exposure, Milky Way at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 second exposure.

Taking inspiration from Candela Pajaro Garcia.

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Light Dove

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/25/14: Cobra Style

Location: Oviedo, Spain.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 202 second exposure.

A snake in the grass is tough to spot. This image was shot in Spain during the 2014 LPWA event in Oviedo amongst friends and fellow light-painters.

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cobra style

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/24/14: Pterodactyl Arch

Location: Arch Rock - Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 303 second exposure.

My first thought seeing this arch was, "Can I climb it and draw something on the top part of it?" After a bit of climbing, I realized the answer to my thought was "Yes. But it's very dangerous, and if you fell, you would surely break many bones." Safety first may not make for the very best photographs, but it keeps me out of the hospital.

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pterodactly arch

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/23/14: Seahorse

Location: Torrey Pines State Beach - San Diego, CA.

Settings: F13, ISO 100, 147 second exposure.

Blue hour light-painting on a mellow summer night in San Diego. This photo was difficult for the reason that every time waves came in, there were a bunch of sand crabs digging under my toes.. Try drawing a detailed picture with someone tickling your toes for similar effect, it's quite a challenge!

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/22/14: Stegosaurus in Flower Field

Location: Oviedo, Spain.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 459 second exposure.

Sidra night in Oviedo! We celebrated the end of an amazing weekend with some drinks, live art performances and of course a night-shooters session. I lit up this stegosaurus in the flower field as Janne Parviainen created his work on another abandoned building to the right of frame. TCB and Diliz were just behind my camera in another abandoned building. Another great night for sure.

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stegosaurus in flower field

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/18/14:Mylo of Danger Brand does the Banana Breakdance

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: 48 shots at F3.5 1 second exposures.

Happy Friday to you! Have a great weekend.

Banana Break Dance

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/17/14: Coast of Spain

Location: Barro, Spain.

Settings: F5, ISO 100, 166 second exposure.

The light-painting process here was of trial and error. First shot was blurry - I corrected aperture to F5 from 3.5. Second shot, the colors red and blue were reversed and the end result didn't pop - so I switched the blue lighted background with red. By the third or forth shot, things were looking like this. I love the texture these contrasting colors bring out on the rocks.

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coast of spain

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/16/14: Beastmode

Location: Barro, Spain.

Settings: F8, ISO 100, 370 second exposure.

For our last night in Spain we were given the option to rest before our flight, or go out shooting all night.. It wasn't even an option really, the choice was obvious. So we shot here, at this unique location - the natural bridge over treacherous waters. Not for the faint of heart under dark conditions! Extremely dangerous, but it had to be done.. Special thanks to fellow light-painter TwinCitiesBrightest for the red lighting assist! Second choice would have been a scene from Mortal Kombat.

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/15/14: Attraction to Light

Location: Barro, Spain.

Settings: F5, ISO 100, 793 second exposure.

Try as I might to remember where I drew what tentacle, at the end of a 13 minute light-painting I'm not really sure what to expect; I just hope the art is in frame.

We ate a lot of calamari during our trip to Spain, this one is for all the Cephalopods.

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attraction to light

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/14/14: Eyes on the Prize

Location: Barro, Spain.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 309 second exposure.

Inside a damp cave on the North Coast of Spain I found myself strategizing how I could jump over the creek, climb up a muddy mound and light-paint a mammoth skeleton without hitting my head against the low hanging stalactite above. Without light of course, because that would show up in the photo.

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eyes on the prize

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/13/14: Sunset/Moonrise

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: 10 vertical images stitched together at F2.8, ISO 100, 1/250 second exposures each.

Not often to get both of these celestial forces in the same photograph.. So I had to take ten and put them all together. Sunsets in the desert are incredible.

joshua tree pano

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/11/14: Ivan's Lights

Location: Barro, Spain.

Settings: F4.5, ISO 100, 591 second exposure.

During the course of my trip to Spain I met Ivan of 'Herramientas Light Painting' - An incredible person and business owner. I had the privilege of taking a set of his small colored LEDs out for a test-run this night and this is the image I produced. For any of those looking for a good set of very portable LED tools, it doesn't get any better than these. Small, push-button, good color - I definitely recommend them as many lights are of poor quality and without the crucial push-button for more complex illustrations.

Thank you Ivan! More pink skeletons to come!Ivan's Lights

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/10/14: International Bones

Location: Oviedo, Spain.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 103 second exposure.

It's not often that I get the chance to meet up with other light-artists, let alone other light-artists that are talented at hand-illustration. This shot was a collaboration between two other fantastic free-hand artists Vincent Delesvaux of France (center) and Janne Parviainen of Finland (right).

international bones


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/9/14: Oviedo

Location: Oviedo, Spain.

Settings: F13, ISO 100, 69 second exposure.

Spent the past week in Spain attending/speaking at a Light Painting World Alliance exhibition and congress in Oviedo. It was the most incredible event and I treasure the memories and friends I met.

Organized by fellow light-painter Alfredo Alvarez, this was a dream-come-true to meet with photographers I've followed for many years from all over the world - to learn their techniques, speak in person, and light the night alongside.

This was from the first night we spent doing many collaborations, I spelled out the city name from above which was featured in the newspaper (below) - Every night we got virtually no sleep! Every moment was too good to let sleep get in the way.


news paper oviedo

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 7/1/14: Hypnotize

Location: Hwy 74 above Lake Elsinore, CA.

Settings: 69 stacked images at F2.8, ISO 3200, 18 second exposures each.

The North Star is handy star to know. A good way to find it is to look at the Milky Way, then turn 180 degrees and find the Big Dipper opposite in the sky. After you find the Big Dipper, find the star it would be pouring out from and the North Star is just to the right of it (hint: it's not the brightest star in the sky). You can confirm that it is the North Star if you have a compass handy.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/30/14: Late Night Ride

Location: Hwy 74 above Lake Elsinore, CA.

Settings: F4.5, ISO 100, 168 second exposure.

Met up with Moto tech Alex Frantz for a fun shoot over the Lake this weekend with the Moto Guzzi 2014 California 1400 series. Shiny-Bone Jones approves!

late night rider

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/27/14: Space

Location: Malibu, CA.

Settings: F2, ISO 3200, 18 second exposure.

Point your camera at the sky, bump that ISO, and see what appears under dark skies.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/26/14: Something Big

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 283 second exposure.

When you have a large fallen pine in the background, elements of scale become important. The brilliant thing about using a single LED within a long exposure is how many different lines you can build-out to create subjects large enough to fit whatever frame. This light-fossil dinosaur must have been about 20 feet in length.

something big

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/25/14: Fuchsia Forest

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 100, 327 second exposure.

Skeleton friends wave hello as Polaris holds it's point in the night sky.

fuchsia forest

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/24/14: Under the Milky Way

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA.

Settings: 11 vertical shots at F3.5, ISO 3200, 19 second exposures.

The stars were bright atop Mt. Pinos in Frazier Park, just an hour and a half away from Los Angeles. If you look closely, you can see a small red light of another camera (operated by star-chaser Michael Shainblum) to the lower right of frame.

under the milky way

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/23/14: Space Dolphin

Location: Santa Barbara, CA.

Settings: F4.5, ISO 400, 45 second exposure.

dolphin jump

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/22/14: Santa Barbara (post solstice)

Location: Santa Barbara, CA.

Settings: 10 vertical images at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 second exposures.

santa barbara pano

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/20/14: Slinky's Midnight Stroll

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 299 second exposure.

I don't know what to say about this character.. I was going for an ominous look, a tall alien-looking creature or something. What I got was Slinky over here, merrily walking through the forest. I'll strike this light painting up as a happy accident. Happy Friday!

Slinky's Midnight Stroll

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/19/14: Seeing Stars

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA.

Settings: (Composite) light painting at F3.5, ISO 100, 169 second exposure; stars at F2.8 ISO 3200, 16 second exposure.

Went on a little adventure last night with fellow night-shooter Michael Shainblum. Threw up some light-bones waiting for the Milky Way to rise.

seeing stars

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/18/14: Ride the Light Rail

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Shot at F22, ISO 100, 132 second exposure.

Shiny-Bone Jones goes for the gold while City Hall turns purple.

ride the light rail

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/17/14: Skateboard

Location: Sepulveda Dam - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Shot at F8, ISO 100, 78 second exposure.

Spotlight goes for a ride.

invisible skateboard

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/16/14: Running Man

Location: Mt. Wilson - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Shot at F7.1, ISO 100, 54 second exposure.

High above the city, each pace is a city-block.

running man

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/15/14: Honeymoon is Over

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Shot at F5.6, ISO 800, 1/250 second exposure.

Close-up of the full moon on Friday the 13th.. Looking slightly yellow and a bit like cheese.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/14/14: Honeymoon Sprawl

Location: Mt. Wilson - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F2.8, ISO 3200, .6 second exposures.

A nice bright yellow Honeymoon for Friday the 13th.

honeymoon sprawl

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/13/14: Singing to Barges

Location: London, England.

Settings: F18, ISO 100, 126 second exposure.

Barges quietly drift along the river as lights reflect and I draw amongst slippery steps.

singing to barges

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/12/14: Night Watch

Location: Cheltenham, England.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 339 second exposure.

As I set up for this, our group spotted a fox right where the middle skeleton is standing on the right-hand side. I assume foxes are like California's coyotes - seldom found during the day but always scavenging parks over night. Neat little creatures.

night watch

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/11/14: Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night

Location: Maui, HI.

Settings: 11 vertical shots at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 second exposures.

Starry skies in Maui are surreal.

maui cove

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/10/14: Dancing in the Streets

Location: Montmartre - Paris, France.

Settings: F14, ISO 100, 111 second exposure.

Shooting black and white in Paris was a great method for focusing in on the subject.. The busy nature of urban surroundings made it very difficult to hone in on what's important, especially when light-painting under the tinge of yellow street lamps. Here's to dancing in the streets - a nod to David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Degas.

dancing in the streets

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/9/14: Midnight in Montmartre

Location: Montmartre - Paris, France.

Settings: F13, ISO 100, 280 second exposure.

Cigarettes and pole-dancers.. Just as I suspected.

Midnight in Montmartre

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/6/14: Godzilla vs. Eiffel Tower

Location: Paris, France.

Settings: F16, ISO 100, 53 second exposure.

This type of superimposition within light painting is incredibly difficult to achieve.. I tried to illustrate this simple idea over and over with only this moderate success. Vive la France!

godzilla vs eiffel tower

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/5/14: Gallop

Location: Eagle Rock, CA.

Settings: 16 exposures at F8, ISO 100, for 71 seconds each.

Looking at this location on a map is a bit deceiving, it looked like a short walk from where I parked the car.. Well, it turned into an adventure half-way up the mountain with rock-climbing and steep edges on each side in the dark. I'm happy to say we made it and the view was incredible. I hope you enjoy this animated horse light-painting.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/4/14: Deadphones - Somnambulator (.gifs)

I put together a few animated .gifs to highlight some of the light-painting animation over instruments used in the music video. Check out the full music vid and links to the streaming album a few posts below.

deadphones drums

deadphones guitarist

deadphones eyes

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/3/14: Pachyrhinosaurus

Location: Abandoned railway - Paris, France.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 251 second exposure.

Adventuring around Paris with fellow light-painter Stephane Baba. Had to get a good dinosaur in at this spot.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 6/2/14: Deadphones Music Video - 'Somnambulator'

I've been working for many months on a music video for my good friends in the band 'Deadphones'. Please take a look, share if you like, and definitely be sure to check out the full album - it's got a psychedelic night vibe to it, absolutely killer.

Deadphones - Somnambulator

Somnambulator is from the album 'Deadphones' released 2014 on Waaga Records.

Stream the album in full
Buy on iTunes

Web - http://deadphonesmusic.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/deadphonesmusic
Twitter - https://twitter.com/deadphonesmusic


Location: LAX Airport - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Yashica T4, ISO 400, 35mm film.

Dropped my twin brother off at Southwest terminal 1 and took another trip around the circuit just to catch the sun rise.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/31/14: Cat is Tropic

Location: Black Sand Beach - Maui, HI.

Settings: Yashica T4, ISO 400, 35mm film.

Welcome to the jungle.

cat is tropic

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/30/14: Mahalo

Location: Maui, HI.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 1600, 26 second exposure.

Bitten by many mosquitoes during this one. Mahalo you bastard-bugs.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/29/14: Around Midnight in Paris

Location: Sacre Coeur - Paris, France.

Settings: F2.8, ISO 200, 5 second exposure.

We met an italian couple here and ending up sharing stories and grabbing drinks after shooting, the man had a tripod with him so I knew we were in good company. Always nice to meet new friends when traveling, makes the world feel more connected.

around midnight in paris

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/28/14: Othnielosaurus in Maui

Location: Maui, HI.

Settings: (Composite) Lightpainting - F5.6, ISO 100, 157 second exposure. Environment - F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 second exposure.

I got lucky with this one. It's not often that you get a glimpse of the sunset along with a sky full of stars.. and a dinosaur to boot.

Othnielosaurus in Maui

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/27/14: Ode to Degas

Location: Parc des Buttes Chaumont - Paris, France.

Settings: F9, ISO 100, 148 second exposure.

I owe a special thanks to French light-painter and Architect Stephane Baba for his help with this image, he lit the columns while I paid tribute to Degas, and my girlfriend provided the music. We collectively owe thanks to a stranger on a bicycle that had keys to the gate we were having some difficulty with on the way out. Here's to the city of light.

ode to degas

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/23/14: Parisian Souls

Location: Montmartre - Paris, France.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 565 second exposure.

Sipping coffee, smoking cigarettes, playing cards, and philosophizing the current state of affairs.

Parisian Souls

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/22/14: Aloha

Location: Maui, HI.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 49 second exposure.

The moon did not rise until past 1am most of the nights I spent in Maui, it was hard enough staying up til then with the jet-lag from London so most of my options for light-painting the rainforest were out. I was still able to shoot a bit of the stars at night and the ocean under city-lights. Aloha Maui, and Mahalo!


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/21/14: The Floor is Lava

Location: Maui, HI.

Settings: (Composite) Light Painting - F13, ISO 100, 203 second exposure. Environment - F5, ISO 100, 15 second exposure.

This kind of jagged rock was incredibly difficult to walk around on in the dark, I do not recommend it in flip-flops. Nevertheless, it provided a great location for this Ouranosaurus light-fossil and I'm glad to have captured it at blue hour.

the floor is lava

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/16/14: Banksy Listening Party

Location: Cheltenham, England.

Settings: F18, ISO 100, 160 second exposure.

As luck would have it, there was a fairly new Banksy piece up in the town I stayed at for a wedding. It was a short walk away from where we stayed, so naturally, I wanted to pay it a visit at night. The problem was that it was a highly lit area at night.. Street lamps everywhere and even an interior light to the phone booth itself. I borrowed the scarf of a friend and used it to block the light inside the phone booth with a few stickers I had on hand; a high aperture took care of the rest. Cheers to Banksy, it's one hell of a piece.

banksy listening party

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/15/14: Paris

Location: Paris, France.

Settings: F13, ISO 100, 30 second exposure.

The city of light, I miss it already.. Anywhere I travel, I have to try and add to my postcard project series. It's become a goal to photograph and write the names of every major metropolitan city on the globe. It is a goal that may take my entire life to do, but you know what they say - shoot high ;)


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 5/14/14: London

Location: London, UK.

Settings: F11, ISO 100, 18 second exposure.

I've just gotten back from a trip to Europe and I will be sharing many photos day by day over the next few weeks. Here is a light painting from the other side of the London Eye, the reflected LEDs on the River Thames looked like a great spot to add in my postcard project series.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/30/14: Laser Tunnel

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F3.5, ISO 1600, 24 second exposure.

Messing around with a high-power laser, I may have to get one of these..

laser tunnel

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/28/14: Dino Portal

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 200, 256 second exposure.

Funny story here.. I contacted a French light painting artist by the name of Alex VI through the LPWA website (Light Painting World Alliance) because I will be visiting Paris soon. I asked him if he might like to collaborate on something while I would be in town? He emailed me back saying that sadly he will not be around when I am there, but that by coincidence he is actually in Los Angeles at the moment and returned the same question to me. So we met up and were able to create this Dinosaur Portal by our combined efforts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it. Please be sure to check out Alex's other work, it's great!

dino portal

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/27/14: Zion

Location: Zion National Park - Zion, UT.

Settings: F2.8, ISO 100, 21 second exposure.

And that's the last of the Zion posts! Until next time, it's been real.. mystical.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/26/14: God Bless this Mess

Location: LA River - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F16, ISO 100, 61 second exposure.

god bless this mess

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/25/14: Rams in Anza

Location: Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: F2.8, ISO 3200, 13 second exposure.

rams in anza

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/24/14: Zion Layers

Location: Zion, UT.

Settings: 11 vertical images stitched together at F22, ISO 100, 1/50th second exposure each.

Bonus: Tiny girlfriend with peace-hands.

zion panorama

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/23/14: Albertaceratops

Location: Zion, UT.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 260 second exposure.

Guess where they first found this dinosaur? Not so subtle hint: It was in Canada.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/22/14: Camping in Zion

Location: South Campground - Zion, UT.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 429 second exposure.

The skelightons huddle around a campfire, singing songs of their travels.

camping in zion

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/21/14: Land Before Time

Location: Zion, UT.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 200, 176 second exposure.

land before time

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/18/14: Uncle Rico's Time Machine

Location: Zion, UT.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground - F5.6, ISO 100, 80 second exposure. Background - F.2.8, ISO 3200, 14 second exposure.


DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/17/14: Big Horn

Location: Zion, UT.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 203 second exposure.

My sister suggested doing an Aries ram for my birthday light painting. This one is for all the other Aries out there. Happy birthday to all of you - Ram on.

big horn

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/16/14: Bones of Zion

Location: Zion, UT.

Settings: 13 vertical images stitched together - shot at F5.6, ISO 100, for around 81 second exposures each.

This is a huge image file. The best view would take up your fullscreen.

Bones of Zion

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/15/14: Blood Moon 2014

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Composite of 10 images, shot with a 300mm lens around F22, ISO 3200, 1 second exposure.

blood moon

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/14/14: Saber-toothed Cat

Location: Zion National Park, Utah.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 184 second exposure.

One of my favorite light paintings from the trip. The color blends and texture on this saber-toothed cat make it stand out.

zion saber

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/13/14: Zion at Night

Location: Zion National Park, Utah.

Settings: F2.8, ISO 3200, 16 second exposure.

Had the pleasure of visiting Zion over the past few days, and it was a light painter's dream come true! I saw surreal locations almost everywhere I turned, with rock sculpted over millions of years. There were layers upon layers of interesting geological formations with a big bright moon lighting up the entire landscape. I can't wait to share more over the next week or so, it was a truly amazing place.

zion at night

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/8/14: Ostrich Bones

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 155 second exposure.

One of the coolest locations I've had the pleasure of shooting back in 2012 had these old light-up motel signs around the property. You could flick them on with a switch located at the back of the house. There must have been 6 functioning signs scattered around the lot. The owner requested the signs not be left on very long due to the amount of electricity they used.

ostrich bones

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/7/14: Fire Skull

Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA.

Settings: F2.8, ISO 100, 61 second exposure.

Light painting with a candle.

fire skull

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/4/14: Peace Beach

Location: Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: Point and shoot with the Yashica T4 35mm camera.

Film tones are where it's at - warm, moody, analog.

peace beach

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/3/14: LA pre-storm

Location: Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F2.8, iso 100, 1/1600th of a second exposure.

Held up an umbrella from where I was to shoot this one.. That doesn't happen often in LA.

LA pre-storm

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