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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

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