I wandered out on the playa lake around 10pm to shoot the stars and had to deal with strong winds. I could feel high speed vibrations in my tripod legs so rather than risk blurry shots I decided to head back to the car. I set the alarm for 2am and when I woke it was like the wind gods had flipped off the switch.
The milky-way was visible in all it’s glory and wow what a sense of peace and awe. I had a few hours before sunrise so I walked into the scene with my flashlight and tried to make some patterns. Painting with light takes some practice, there were quite a few bad shots that made no sense but eventually I got something I liked.
My wife, Tracy said she likes the shot without the flash light work. She felt the sky was powerful enough to stand alone and adding the light was a distraction. So here is the one she likes. I used a quick blip of the flashlight, as fast as I could turn it on and off, to add some light to the rock. Feel free leave a comment as to which you like better.
Very nice! Amazing what can be captured if you’re willing to wake up at 2am 😉
I think I agree with your wife – it’s hard to beat the “au naturel” look.
The first pic is definitely cool though – it looks like some UFO about to take off from another planet.
Thank you Dave, The wife is always right, a good recipe for success!, Ferrell
I like em’ both! 🙂 Hows that for being helpful? Not… Really enjoying your images Ferrell. Your work is tremendous!
John, I enjoy your images too, thank you for stopping by. Ferrell
I must say I’m relieved you weren’t abducted by aliens…ha.
The light painting creates a surreal image, very cool. I love the alignment. I guess it’s not for everyone though.
The sky is the star of this show; a cosmic amphitheater…
Ferrell, you know how much I enjoy and admire your work. You know that behind every good man there is a good woman and she is always right. Guess what, I agree with your wife about the image liking the image without the light painting. So your wife and I are both right. Mac
I definitely like the second one the best. It doesn’t look as artificial.
Me too, the second one highlights the beauty of nature and that’s why I made the trip there.
Thanks for visiting!