I realized earlier this week that I still have some photographs from my trip to Joshua Tree National Park that I had not processed and some that I processed and never posted. This is one of those photographs. I took this photo after the night photography workshop I attended. I was trying to put to use some of the light painting techniques that I learned. I chose this site because some of the other attendees photographed it and I thought it was a great location. The bonus was the moon rising behind it. I decided to use my 9-bladed Canon 16-=35mm lens with a smaller aperture in order to capture a starburst. You might notice that it’s not completely round. That’s because the moon was not a full moon.
I lit the base of the subject with two strands of “fairy lights” and the bottom of the top rock with a smaller incandescent flashlight. This helped create the mysterious glow which makes one ponder what could be in there. The front of the rocks were briefly lit to bring out some of the detail.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 17mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at 20 seconds and the ISO set at 1600. I used a tripod for stability. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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