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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/30/14: Palm Springs

Location: Palm Springs, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 137 second exposure.

While I was trying to shoot this image there was a group of people filming a hip-hop video in the scenic overlook parking about 50 yards behind my tripod. Cars, girls, beats, flows - they chose a good spot.

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palm springs

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/29/14: Striker

Location: Salton Sea, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Light-painting at F5.6, ISO 100, 228second exposure; lightning at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 second exposure.

This one is a first for me, I've never been able to capture a light-painting and lightning in the same frame until now. Luckily, we were by the Salton Sea - an apocalyptic looking environment that worked great as a backdrop for my striking Raptor against the electric sky.

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striker

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/24/14: Neon Elk

Location: Azalea Campground - Hume, CA.

Settings: F5, ISO 800, 69second exposure.

Rolling thunder and occasional rain showers made camping in Kings Canyon a bit dicey. I was glad to get in as much shooting as the weather permitted.

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Elk

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/23/14: Dinos at Dawn

Location: Sequoia National Park - Tulare County, CA.

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 140 second exposure.

Only got one shot at this before it started getting too bright out.. Here we have a T-rex with a broken upper-jaw.

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dinos at dawn

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/22/14: Largest Tree on Earth

Location: Sequoia National Park - Tulare County, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 49 second exposure.

We drove through the night to get to Sequoia by 4am. I had been thinking about this place for the past year - what I would do when I got there, how I would shoot it, what kind of lens I would use, whether a full moon would be best or no moon.. When we got here, it sort of all went out the window. It was pitch black, colder than expected, but the stars were bright; this tree is almost too large to try and capture in one photo! I started far away from across the meadow trying to light it up with a spotlight and zoom lens, but it just did not capture it's grandeur.. So I moved closer and shot with a wide angle, finally nailing down this image just before the break of dawn.

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largest tree on earth

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/19/14: Dead in the Water

Location: Lake Tahoe, NV.

Settings: F22, ISO 100, 86 second exposure.

One of the most beautiful lake-beaches I have been to. I'm glad we did not get a ticket while parking here because we certainly did not pay the entrance fee.

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dead in the water

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/18/14: Evil Eyes

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F8, ISO 100, 181 second exposure.

I've visited this location many times, often escorted by a large group of coyotes. I always walk past this double cave exhibit which probably used to house a bear and never stopped to shoot it until I thought about playing with the perspective. It's good to think outside the box, the world can open up quite a bit.

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evil eyes

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/17/14: Red Rock Sky

Location: Red Rock Canyon, CA.

Settings: Crop of larger 28 shot panorama, F2.8, ISO 6400, 15 second exposures.

What a weird place. If I had to describe what this canyon looked like - I would say, imagine a giant slice of bacon dropped by god itself, left to fossilize over hundreds of millions of years.

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red rock sky

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/16/14: Escape

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 3200, 69 second exposure.

Eaten alive by mosquitos during this shoot. The old ruins at wonderland wash were a bit haunting during the night for sure, but I was so occupied by swatting flying blood-suckers that the cold tingle down my spine was the least of my problems.

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escape

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/15/14: Raccoon

Location: Lake Tahoe, NV.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 6400, 66 second exposure.

A real raccoon passed in front of the camera just before I shot this image.. I asked the small furry creature to hold still so I could use him as a reference, but he was more interested in hunting crayfish.

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raccoon

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/12/14: Urban Organics

Location: Murphy's Ranch - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F8, ISO 640, 196 second exposure.

The beauty of light-painting photography is that you can bring it to any dark location. The art comes alive when it's juxtaposed against a place that is a little off the beaten trail. Somewhere neglected, with a history and spirit.

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urban organics

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/11/14: Right Side Up

Location: Mono Lake, CA.

Settings: F9, ISO 3200, 73 second exposure.

Today will be historically remarked as another anniversary of the tragic event that took place in New York City thirteen years ago today. It was just before I started college at UC Santa Cruz, and I went on this 2 week camping trip called 'wilderness orientation' right before school started with about 15 other freshmen and some grad students, some of which are now life-long friends. We would hike out about ten to fifteen miles a day in the Sierra Nevadas and it wasn't until the end of the trip that another hiker passed our group and mentioned what had happened to the Twin Towers. It seemed so far-fetched and yet so out-of-nowhere that, why would anyone make that up? After hiking and processing the news over the next two days we were finally able to get back to phones and civilization, call loved ones in New York, and DC. The world we knew had literally changed forever while we were on that hike.

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right side up

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/10/14: Our House

Location: Murphy's Ranch - Los Angeles, CA.

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

I've been to this location before, and it's just as creepy now as it ever was. Let's start off with a quick low-down of how to get here in the first place: You have to park on a suburban road and walk in about 2 miles on a fire road (blocked with a gate at about a 1/2 mile in). After the 2 miles, you get to a creepy gate on the left which is the entrance to the compound. Hiking down into the valley below you will pass a large water cement reservoir on your right, and several endless stairways going down the hillside to your left. Looping into the valley, the road becomes dirt and it gets noticeably colder. After another mile down into the valley we come to this building which was an old power generator. The full moon didn't produce much light this deep in the valley, we can barely see it's effect on the hillside in the background. For this image I was trying different lighting options for an animation project in the works.. I went with the top left.

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our house

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/9/14: Land's End

Location: Point Mugu - Malibu, CA.

Settings: F5, ISO 100, 59 second exposure.

Stairway to Ocean.

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lands end

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/8/14: Pink Tree

Location: Mt. Wilson - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 172 second exposure.

During the course of this photo, shot off the 2 highway in the Angeles Crest National Forest, I counted about twenty cars hauling ass up the narrow road, drifting corners, and making noise with racer mufflers. Never a dull moment in the wilderness of Los Angeles.

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pink tree

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/7/14: Noah Purifoy - Sculpture Garden

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: 7 vertical shots stitched together at F5.6, ISO 100, 1/1250th second each.

One-of-a-kind place from a one-of-a-kind perspective.

noah purifoy

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/6/14: Cotton Candy Sky

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: 12 vertical shots stitched together at F5.6, ISO 100, 1/60th second each.

Sunsets in the desert.. Wild, visible, and vibrant.

cotton candy sky

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/5/14: Endless

Location: Lake Tahoe, NV.

Settings: Four vertical shots stitched together at F2.8, ISO 6400, 15 seconds each.

Looking up at this never gets old.. I hope I live long enough to see it explored a bit.

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endless

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/4/14: Desert Magic

Location: Joshua Tree, CA.

Settings: 25 shots at F3.5, ISO 3200, 15 second exposures.

We had an idea for some weird desert hyperlapse and it worked just as we planned. May have to do more of these (and grow a large white beard).

desert magic

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/3/14: Dinosaurs on the Moon

Location: Red Rock Canyon - Kern County, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Light painting at F5.6, ISO 100, 206 second exposure, Milky Way at F3.5, ISO 3200, 25 second exposure.

In a delirious state we pulled up to the campground at 2:30am, put up the tent and our eyes adjusted to the moonless night. The stars began to show brightly against the Dali-esque landscape and I was compelled to get in another light fossil before nodding off. Here we have the skeleton of a Compsognathus - a small, bipedal, carnivorous theropod illuminated against Red Rock Canyon.

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dinosaurs on the moon

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 9/2/14: Joshua Tree

Location: Lone Juniper and Balanced Rock - Joshua Tree National Park, CA.

Settings: F16, ISO 100, 20 second exposure.

This is a very popular time-lapse spot to shoot in Joshua Tree. The first time we visited, there was already someone set up from this vantage point with a slider, two tripods, an emotimo, etc. Luckily, when we returned the next day, it was vacant and I was able to write out this new addition to my Postcard Project series.

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joshua tree

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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Parasaurolophus

 

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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otherworldly

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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creepers

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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blastoff

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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Plateosaurus

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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agilisaurus

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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visitors

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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stoneface

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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australovenator

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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Amargasaurus

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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seahorse

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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beastmode

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.

Oviedo

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.

Hypnotize

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.

space

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

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