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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/7/14: Conjuring Spirits

Location: Eagle Rock, CA.

Settings: F16, iso 100, 174 second exposure.

I had an idea of what I was going for here, but when this image popped up in the back of my camera after this long exposure, I got pretty spooked! El wire light painting.

conjuring spirits

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/6/14: Keep Swimming

Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso 100, 67 second exposure.

Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you do - keep focused and follow through. Fishy light painting.

keep swimming

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/5/14: Zabriskie Point

Location: Zabriskie Point - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: 10 vertical images stitched together at F7.1, 1/400 second exposures.

This place is immense, it doesn't even look real. The colors on the computer will never do it justice, definitely worth a visit.

zabriskie point

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/4/14: Wings of Fire

Location: Mesquite Sand Dunes - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso100, 197 second exposure.

There's something about drawing with a sparkler that I love, it's the unpredictable nature of where the sparks fly that makes each drawing unique. Living in California, you can't go around shooting fireworks wherever you'd like due to the fire risk. This area was one of the rare locations where starting a brush fire wasn't an issue.

wings a fire

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/3/14: Moon Serpent

Location: Mesquite Sand Dunes - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso100, 81 second exposure.

Walking out here on the dunes took much longer than anticipated; my goal was to shoot where few footprints took over the landscape. After walking about a mile into the dunes, I discovered there was still no untouched landscape to see, so I settled for this spot and took advantage of the full moon - Snaked again! Next time I would advise anyone wanting to shoot the untouched sand dunes to walk in from the side (preferably at a 90 degree angle to the common path) so that the hordes of footprints are less visible.

moon serpent

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/1/14: Heelflip

Location: Target parking lot - Eagle Rock, CA.

Shot by my girlfriend on her Canon AE-1 35mm camera.

heelflip

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/31/14: FORE!

Location: Devil's Golf Course - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F7.1, iso100, 141 second exposure.

I've been wanting to light paint the Devil teeing off here since the first time I visited Death Valley during the summer of 2012, it's the only way to do the name justice.

FORE

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/30/14: Alien Planet 2

Location: Badwater Basin - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso100, 97 second exposure. Background: F5.6, iso 800, 67 second exposure.

Cracked earth stretches as far as the eye can see in each direction at 282 feet below sea level.

alien planet 2

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/29/14: Frosty

Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso100, 83 second exposure. Background: F3.5, iso 3200, 11 second exposure.

This one goes out to people effected by the extremely cold weather in the mid-west and east coast regions of the US. Hang in there!

frosty

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/28/14: Aralosaurus

Location: Mesquite Sand Dunes - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso100, 183 second exposure.

Light painted light fossil.

aralosaurus

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/27/14: Alien Planet 1

Location: Badwater Basin - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso100, 122 second exposure. Background: F3.5, iso 1600, 18second exposure.

alien planet 1

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/26/14: Arroyo Salado Sky

Location: Arroyo Salado - Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: 11 vertical images at F2.8, iso3200, 5 second exposures.

Full moon toward the center and milky way to the right.

arroyo salado sky pano

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/25/14: Sun Hands

Location: Arroyo Salado - Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: Point and shoot, flash off - 35mm film, Yashica T4 camera.

The dynamic range of this sunset is one reason why film is still a great medium to use. It has a distinct look.

sun hands

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/24/14: Kokopelli

Location: Mesquite Sand Dunes - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F5.6, iso100, 61 second exposure. Background: F3.5, iso 3200, 31 second exposure.

The fertility deity lights up the dunes with his flute playing antics. It is said that Kokopelli shows up when the moon is full.

Kokopelli

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/23/14: Abominable Lightman

Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso100, 119 second exposure. Background: F3.5, iso 3200, 9 second exposure.

Snow and light painting go together like peanut butter and jelly. The trick is not having your footsteps destroy the look of a photo, it's harder to acheive than you might think! I used my footsteps here to make it look like this little feller was trucking through the snow. Good to have your art interact with the environment whenever possible!

abominable lightman

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/22/14: The Places You'll Go

Location: Devil's Golf Course - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: 6 vertical F5.6, iso100, 72 second exposures stitched together.

I've never tried to do a light painting panorama before, but I thought it would be possible if I just kept the characters right in the middle of the frame.. Turns out, it is possible! This was a great spot for the first one!

I can offer this as a print, but you'll have to email me to order one, as it is an irregular size format.

the places you'll go

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/21/14: Death Valley

Location: Badwater Basin - Death Valley, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso100, 67 second exposure.

Just got back from an epic roadtrip to Mammoth Lakes and Death Valley. It was a bit cold at night, but the weather during the day was beautiful. The last time I visited was years ago during the summer in temperatures soaring past 110 degrees - I do not recommend visiting then at all! Fall, Winter and maybe Spring are the way to go for this location.

death valley

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/18/14: Mammoth

Location: Arroyo Salado campground - Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso100, 238 second exposure. Background: F2.0, iso3200, 15 second exposure.

mammoth

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Animation for Honda in the commercial spot "#LoveToday: "Today is Pretty Great" 2014 Civic

You can see the full 2 min video here, it's pretty great!

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/17/14: Toll Collector

Location: Knapp's Castle - Santa Barbara, CA.

Settings: F4.5, iso100, 145 second exposure.

toll collector

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/16/14: Modern Cave Paintings

Location: Tarzana - Los Angeles, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso100, 817 second exposure.

modern cave paintings

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/15/14: Imposter

Location: Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: F10, iso100, 105 second exposure.

imposter

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/14/14: Grow

Location: Knapps Castle - Santa Barbara, CA.

Settings: F6.3, iso100, 684 second exposure.

rose

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/13/14: Northstar

Location: Arroyo Salado campground - Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: F3.5, iso3200. Lapse stack.

northstar

Galactic Vinyl

galactic vinyl

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/12/14: Moon Halo

Location: Santa Barbara, CA.

Settings: F3.5, iso3200, 10 second exposure.

This kind of thing happens when there's a lot of moisture in the air, the moon lines up right above you, and it's cold.

Luckily, I had the correct lens to capture it when the conditions were just right (Zeiss Distagon 18mm f 3.5 ze).

moon halo

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/11/14: Happy Campers

Location: Anza Borrego Desert.

Settings: F3.5, iso3200, composed of seven 15 second exposures.

happy campers gif

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/10/14: Stargazers

Location: Anza Borrego Desert.

Settings: F2.8, iso3200, 5 second exposure.

We climbed a desert hill by our campsite for this view, the lights you see to the right of frame are friends coming back from a beer run more than 30 miles away. The stars were bright, and good times were had.

stargazers

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/9/14: I am the Captain of my Soul

Location: La Jolla, CA.

Settings: (Composite) First threeskeletons: F5.6, iso100, 276 second exposure. Last four skeletons: F5.6, iso100, 412 second exposure.

The tide kept coming in closer as I illustrated these skeletons on the cliffs. Hard to avoid getting wet!

I am the captain of my soul

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/8/14: Ram On

Location: Anza Borrego Desert.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso100, 350 second exposure. Background: F2.0, iso3200, 22 second exposure.

Out in the desert on a collaborative project with astro-photographer and timelapse expert Michael Shainblum. It was a great experience to combine light illustrations with the epicness of the stars.

The star-tracked images he shot along with my light illustrated foreground characters is something I've never seen done before. Here's to new beginnings!

ram on

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/7/14: Monster Mountain

Location: Anza Borrego Desert.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F5.6, iso100, 115 second exposure. Background: F2.0, iso3200, 8 second exposure.

Went camping this past weekend with some friends in the Anza Borrego Desert. This image was shot at the Arroyo Salado camp ground. Not far from where we camped, this particular mountain seemed to have a mouth and a place to hold a cyclops eye, so I took a cue from nature and filled in the blanks.

monster mountian

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/4/14: Calamari

Location: Dockweiler beach.

Settings: F5.6, iso100, 236 second exposure.

Unfortunately, this is a bit of a throwaway piece due to its out of frame composition. A for effort.

calimari

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/3/14: Freedom Friday

Location: Somewhere off the 5 in Oregon.

freedom friday

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/2/14: Star Stinger

Location: Anza Borrego, CA.

Settings: (Composite) Foreground: F7.1, iso200, 296 second exposure. Background: F3.5, iso3200, 59 second exposure.

Lights: TCB pen-light.

star stinger

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 1/1/14: Jellyfish

Location: La Jolla, CA.

Settings: F5.6, iso200, 228 second exposure.

Lights: Coleman / Max Flashlight and blue Rosco gel on Dorcy Spotlight.

jelly

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/31/13: Last day of 2013!

Happy New Year. Make it sweet.

2014

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/30/13: Tree Rings

tree rings

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/24/13: Christmas lights

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

christmas 1

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/23/13:Yurt Life

Cyclical living - along with the environment.

yurt life

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/22/13: Capture the Flag

Fog on a farm somewhere in Oregon off the 5 freeway.

capture the flag

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/21/13: Pizza City

I don't have much to say about this post.. Except that the best pizza spots in LA import their water from New York.

pizza city

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/20/13: Glass Beach

Fort Bragg, CA. I probably could have gone barefoot if I was daring enough.

glass beach

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/19/13: Reflected Soul

Neskowin Beach, OR.

reflected soul

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/18/13: Big Sur

Good luck to the firefighters! This place is the soul of California.

big sur

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/17/13: A Song about Freedom

San Diego, California.

a song about freedom

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/16/13: Coastal Pano

Made from 7 horizontal long-exposures. Shot just off the PCH around the very Northern portion of California.

coastal pano

 

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/15/13: Portland

First time visiting Portland. We didn't stay long, but we stayed long enough to fall in love the city. Brisk weather, great food, genuine people, and gorgeous surroundings like this:

portland

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/14/13: The Magical Moss Forest

When I go on roadtrips with my girlfriend, we play games, make-up ridiculous songs, and make statements like 'If we see an entire forest full of Moss, then we have to stop' along the way... Moss is one of my favorite things - it's like mini forests growing on regular size forests, and there are so many beautiful variations. We stopped at this forest of moss along the way shortly after driving into Oregon. This place was incredible!

moss forest 1

moss forest 2

moss forest 3

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/13/13: Fish in Fog

I love the way light comes through fog, the only issue is - moisture and camera gear do not mix! Packed up the gear right after this photo was taken. The vertical lines you see in the upper left are rain drops falling.

fish in fog

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/12/13: Above it all

Griffith Park overlook - Heli pad.

above it all

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/11/13: City of Angels

Griffith Park.

city of angels

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/10/13: Stegosaurus by the Sea

Big Sur, CA.

stegosaurus by the sea

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/9/13: Watery grave

Lake Oswego - Portland, OR.

reaper river

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/8/13: Requiem for a rain-coat

San Simeon, CA.

yellow poncho

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/7/13: Mylo, from Danger Brand, does the banana break dance.

banana break dance

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/6/13: 360

360

Rest in Peace

nelson mandela

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/5/13: Peaceful Spirits

Big Sur, CA.

peaceful spirits

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/4/13: Crab-walking

Along the PCH - Big Sur, CA.

crabwalking

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/3/13: Walking on water

Neskowin beach, OR.

walking on water

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 12/2/13: Starry Night

Neskowin beach, OR.

starry night

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/29/13: Family-time

The gang's all here.

family time

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/28/13: Thanks

Just got back from a week-long road trip up the West Coast to Portland, OR. So many incredible places!!!

This image was shot along the PCH in Big Sur, CA.

Happy Thanksgiving! Count your blessings!!!

thanks

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/20/13: Welcome to Fraggle Rock

Collaboration with Erik Smith.

If you have instagram, follow me at @dariustwin! I will be taking a week-long adventure with my girlfriend to Portland, Oregon. I hear the coast route is supposed to amazing, follow along!

welcome to fraggle rock

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/19/13: Sun Worshippers

Collaboration with Erik Smith.

sun worshippers

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/18/13: Plesiosaur Process

If you don't succeed, try , try again.

plesiosaur process

DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/17/13: Love Surprise

Salvation Mountain - Niland, CA.

love surprise

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/16/13: Hypacrosaurus

Captured this image in August under a full moon at Toulumne Meadows - Yosemite, CA.

Hypacrosaurus

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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 11/15/13: To Live and Die in LA

Starting today, you can purchase prints as soon as I shoot them! Did I mention they make great gifts?

to live and die in la

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