Thanksgiving Weekend Images – Sans The Turkey

The Desert Sky

For Thanksgiving, we (the wife, kid, and myself) joined some friends out in the desert to do some serious camping, and while we were out there, I got to play around a bit with me camera. I’ll spare you the obligatory food shots, once you’re seen one roasted turkey, you’ve pretty much seen them all; unless of course you got your hands on a mutant turkey…anyhow, here are a few of the images from the weekend.

Dove Springs, Ca

Dove Springs, Ca

Light Painting With a Passing Quad

Light Painting With a Passing Quad

Just Foolin' Around

Just Foolin' Around

The Desert Sky

The Desert Sky

Stars Over Joshua

Stars Over Joshua

The Cliffs of Red Rock Canyon

The Cliffs of Red Rock Canyon

The Narrow Divide

The Narrow Divide

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Twisted Joshua Tree

Twisted Joshua
Twisted Joshua

Twisted Joshua

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Off The Beaten Path In Las Vegas

Cell Phone Light Painting

While I was in Las Vegas I had the privilege of staying with an online friend I met on Facebook, and her husband. On my drive to their place, I envisioned getting some night shots, maybe somewhere along the strip, but it was really just a vague notion and a cliche photo op. When we headed out to do some night photos, we got off the beaten tourist path, and I found myself on the side of a hill, overlooking a valley filled with lights. I took two, maybe three shots before I found a much more interesting subject – moon light.

Not just any moon light, but bright, almost full moon light, you know, the kind of light you can read a news paper with. I promptly slapped my fish-eye lens on the camera, and aimed my attention away from the city, and into that beautiful light. The creative part of my brain kept telling me to paint with some light while the shutter was opened, so I grabbed my phone, turned the flash on, and painted a bush, the side of a truck. I thought about painting myself, but that would have led to a broken camera, or an exploded lens, it was not going to be pretty…Anyway, here are a couple of my favorite shots of the night.

My visit to Sin City had no sin involved, just the pure joy of friends, and taking pictures.

Dark and Moody Landscape

Dark and Moody Landscape

Cell Phone Light Painting

Cell Phone Light Painting

Moonlit Ride

Moonlit Ride

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On Assignment: For My Daughter

Head Resting

Last weekend I headed out of town to Las Vegas to shoot a wedding, and was given an assignment from my daughter. I had to take a picture of Polka-Dot, one of her treasured stuffed animals. Well, when we set out to take some night photography shots, I brought Polka-Dot with me, just in case I didn’t have a chance later. I started taking pictures of the hillside and doing some long exposures, and a little light painting using the light on my phone when inspiration hit me.

So I combined a few techniques I love playing with, long exposures, light painting, and reflections, and here is what I came up with.

Head Resting

Head Resting

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Daring To Try Something Different

Swirling Light

While viewing the work of Denis Smith, featured on FStoppers, I thought how simple the concept of creating balls of light is. Well, I am here to tell you yes, the concept is so simple it is genius, in practice, that is an entirely different story. Needless to say, my first crack at this is less than stellar, and the things that are missing in my present tool kit is practice, motor skills, time, and more practice. Still, I rather like the result I was able to achieve so far, and it’s only gonna get better – I hope. Hat’s off to Denis Smith for inspiring me to dare myself to try something different. There will be more of these, once I figure out how the heck he did his :)

Swirling Light

Swirling Light

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