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Skull Rock Nature Trail

Our second outing during our night photography workshop in Joshua Tree National Park was to the Skull Rock Nature Trail area. I posted a photo of Skull Rock the other day that I took at sunrise a few days later. The primary focus of the evening’s lesson that day was light painting. In this case, I wanted to highlight an opening in the rock so I placed a flashlight with an amber filter in the opening and I placed my iPhone 7 in the plant to highlight the plant (I didn’t have a second flashlight so I had to use my phone). I’m not a big fan of light painting scenes but I did learn a lot about exposures and how to manage the right exposure levels for the ambient light as well as light painting. I now have some new techniques that I hope to use soon.

Skull Rock Nature Trail
Skull Rock Nature Trail

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/4, shutter speed at 20 seconds and the ISO set at 6400. I used a tripod for stability. I lit part of the subject with artificial lighting and the rest was natural moonlight. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.

You can see my new gallery for Joshua Tree NP by clicking here. I will be adding more photos to the collection as I process and post them.

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