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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 4/2/14: Hood Alleyway

Location: Glassel Park, CA.

Settings: F2.8, iso 100, 130 second exposure.

Word to the wise - never venture down a hood alleyway. You never know who you will find, and what it could cost you.

hood alleyway

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/28/14: Snakebites

Location: Old LA Zoo - Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 200, 362 second exposure.

Snakebites

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/27/14: Rasta Lion

Location: Old LA Zoo - Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 100, 287 second exposure.

rasta lion

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/26/14: Purple People Eater

Location: Old LA Zoo - Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 200, 202 second exposure.

purple people-eater

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/25/14: Carbon Footprint

Location: El Segundo, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso 100, 31 second exposure.

carbon footprint

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/24/14: Holding Hands in Death Valley

Location: Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F3.5, iso 1600, 4 second exposure.

Holding Hands in Death Valley

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/23/14: OK

Location: Anza Borrego Desert, CA.

Settings: F22, iso 100, 65 second exposure.

Hope your weekend is going well and everything is A-OK.

OK

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/22/14: Rapture

Location: Mulholland Dr. - Hollywood, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 100, 53 second exposure.

A little help from a friend on this one, I manned the rapture technique while my buddy Mike Brown did the surface painting in the foreground.

rapture

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/21/14: Surf Champ

Location: Santa Monica Beach - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 200, 46 second exposure.

surf champ

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/20/14: Celebrity Deathmatch

Location: Mulholland Dr. - Hollywood, CA.

Settings: F11, iso 100, 106 second exposure.

celebrity death match

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/19/14: Making Peace with the Moon

Location: Death Valley, CA.

Settings: 12 vertical shots at F3.5, iso 3200, 10 second exposure.

You can spot my shadow in the lower left, that should give the image some sense of scale. Strange to think that the moon on the right is making the shadow on the left.

making peace with the moon

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/18/14: Prism People

Location: Eagle Rock, CA.

Settings: F13, iso 100, 67 second exposure.

To learn a new technique, sometimes you have to tinker around with different methods in a trial and error fashion.. Without any real concept of what the end result should look like. Case in point, this rainbow bokeh effect: it wasn't until after the first 40 photos that I had anything I was remotely stoked on. But then after a few corrections and honing in on what worked and leaving out what didn't, things got interesting. Can't wait to use this technique out on location!

prism people

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/17/14: Moon Pupil

Location: Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso 200, 108 second exposure.

I can't tell you how difficult this was to do.. I had the idea to light paint an eye and use the moon as it's pupil for a little while now, and this hill in the desert provided the perfect opportunity to make it happen. That said, climbing a steep hill in the desert during near pitch-black conditions is tough! Of course the first exposure didn't work either, so I climbed back down to the bottom of the hill, and up again for another try. It doesn't even look that impressive really.. If I didn't tell you it was the moon, you might imagine it was just another white light. In short, the moon cannot be tamed easily!

moon pupil

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/15/14: Central Coast

Location: Secret Spot, PCH - Big Sur, CA.

Settings: 35mm film - Yashica T4, iso 400.

central coast

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/14/14: Laser Pyramid

Location: Angeles Crest Highway - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 1600, 34 second exposure.

laser pyramid

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/13/14: Austin Graffyard

Location: Graffyard - Austin, TX.

Settings: F13, iso 100, 361 second exposure.

Wish I was at SXSW today. This photo was from a trip I took last year, great city.

austin graffyard

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/12/14: Spring Flowers

Location: Angeles Crest Highway - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: 6 vertical images, F9, iso 100, ~100 second exposures.

My girlfriend helped out with the blue flowers, you can kind of see her ghosting in to the right of the frame.

spring flowers

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/11/14: The Stranger

Location: Sepulveda Dam - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Variable F13, iso 100, 209 second exposure.

the stranger

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/10/14: Juvenile Pterodactyl

Location: Angeles Crest Hwy - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: Variable Fstop (F13-F5.6), iso 100, 183 second exposure.

juvenile pterodactyl

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/9/14: Flowers for the Deceased

Location: Glendale, CA.

Settings: F8, iso 100, 283 second exposure.

flowers for the deceased

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/8/14: Goodtimes in Anza Borrego

Location: Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: 16 vertical shots at F14, iso 100, 1 second exposures.

Blue hour pano of the environment and some happy campers.

anza borrego goodtimes

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/7/14: Nocturnal Souls

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: 6 vertical shots at F8, iso 100, ~167 second exposures.

This place is huge, and I really wanted to use the insane depth in a light painting panorama. I used that little blue skateboard you can see toward the middle of frame if you look closely - skating from one illustration to the next. It must have been a strange scene for the helicopter that flew by us.

nocturnal souls

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/6/14: Making Peace with Traffic

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F8, iso 100, 86 second exposure.

making peace with traffic

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/5/14: Singing to the Stars

Location: Mesquite Sand Dunes - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F11, iso 400, 139 second exposure.

Sparkler and blue gel spotlight.

singing to the stars

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/4/14: Lava

Location: La Jolla Coves - San Diego, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 1600, 15 second exposure.

Red gel filter over flash.

lava

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/3/14: Three Sided

Location: The Valley - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: 23 shots at F2.8, iso 100, 10 second exposures.

triangle lightpainting animation

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/2/14: Laying Down Tracks

Location: Portland, OR.

Settings: F7.1, iso 100, 168 second exposure.

laying down tracks

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 3/1/14: Vast

Location: Big Sur, CA.

Settings: 16 shots at F3.5, iso 3200, 30 second exposures.

No light paintings this time around, and I anticipate a bit more digging through the archives as this storm in LA continues. Case in point, this panorama of the milky way I shot in November of 2013. It's impossible not to look up at the sky during a night like this and not wonder what else is out there amongst the galaxies in such clear view but so distant and unknown to civilization.

vast

 

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/28/14: LA Woman

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F2, iso 100, 4 second exposure.

Model: Jordan Steinert

LA woman

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/27/14: Corythosaurus

Location: Natural Bridges - Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso 100, 273 second exposure.

I like how life-like these light-fossils are looking. Years ago, I was lucky to get the illustrated bones to line up correctly, and often times it took me 30 or more tries in a night just to get one light painting! Now they come with ease and are even starting to have a little personality. This fellow looks like he's just spotted something in the distance.

corythosaurus

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/26/14: Riders on the Storm

Location: Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: 5 vertical images - each at F13, iso 100, ~ 127 second exposures.

Looks like LA may get some much needed rain tonight. Hiked to this viewpoint in Griffith Park as a last ditch effort to get another light painting panorama in before we have a proper storm on our hands. This song is perfect for when rain falls in LA.

riders on the storm

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/25/14: Planet Danger

Location: Outskirts of Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso 100, 1/180 second exposure.

I do the art for a clothing company called 'Danger Brand' and whenever we travel, we bring along these Danger characters. This one's name is Dash - an angry alien that gets upset easily and make a big deal over nothing. This spot suited him perfectly, it was isolated.

planet danger

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/24/14: 5 bag-o-bones and a natural bridge

Location: Natural Bridges - Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: 5 vertical images shot at F5.6, iso 100, ~82 second exposures each.

Light painting panoramas are quickly becoming my new favorite.

5 bag-o-bones

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/23/14: Shattered

Location: Bay Area, CA.

Settings: F2.0, iso 100, 1/160 second exposure.

Abandoned church.

shattered

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/22/14: Pool Party

Location: Bay Area, CA.

Settings: Panorama, 5 exposures.

What a rad place with lots of potential. Will have to visit again at night to light paint something in the near future.

pool party

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/21/14: Camptosaurus

Location: Harbor Lighthouse - Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso 100, 446 second exposure.

The whole time I was light painting this dinosaur, I couldn't help shake the feeling that a rogue wave would come out of nowhere and take me out! Maybe that is why this little fellow is looking over it's shoulder.

Camptosaurus

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/20/14: Slug Life

Location: Natural Bridges State Beach - Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 100, 138 second exposure.

The Banana Slug - My bright yellow light-painted college mascot enjoys a moonlit night at the local beach. If you haven't seen one of these animals yet, it's time you should. They hang out in areas like Big Sur, Big Basin, and Santa Cruz - real environmentalist types.

slug life

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/19/14: Lambeosaurus

Location: Natural Bridges State Beach - Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso 100, 454 second exposure.

These trees looked so great in the moonlight, I had to pay homage with a proper light-fossil light painting.

lambeosaurus

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/18/14: Santa Cruz

Location: Harbor Lighthouse - Santa Cruz, CA.

Settings: F8, iso 100, 75 second exposure.

Took a trip up the coast this past weekend to Santa Cruz. I love the mellow vibe of this place. If the real estate wasn't so expensive, I'd consider moving there.

santa cruz

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/14/14: Love Birds

Location: Spring Valley, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso 100, 68 second exposure.

Happy Valentines Day! My girl and I did our own light painting self-portraits :)

love birds

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/13/14: Light Yeti

Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso 100, 152 second exposure.

Simple line drawing light painting.

light yeit

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/12/14: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Location: Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: Point and shoot, Yashica T4 35mm camera.

may the road rise up to meet you

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/11/14: Slow Burn

Location: Malibu Creek - Malibu, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso 100, 299 second exposure.

It's rare for me to get to collaborate with another long exposure photographer, but when I do, the results are always unexpected. This is true for when I met up with fellow photographer/filmmaker Erik Smith. For this shot, he had brought a wetsuit with him and braved the cold water to light off the steel wool on the island rock in the distance shown here. Always an adventure!

slow burn

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/10/14: Hat & Cane

Location: Forest Lawn - Glendale, CA.

Settings: F14, iso 100, 171 second exposure.

When light painting at the local cemetery, always show some class.

hat and cane

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