Wizard Tree

Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA / Settings: F22, ISO 100, 500 seconds

Gear: Canon 6DRokinon 14mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Proto Night-Writer.

This place is something else. The journey there is an adventure in itself, and just as we arrived, the rain rolled in - on cue!

I mean, what can you do?! It starts pouring rain in the middle of this shot (above), I'd say right after the green character. Those rain-bones on the right: teal, blue, purple and pink were the quickest skeletons I've ever drawn.  Camera was not happy, wiped it off best I could and let it soak in the silica packets that I collect anytime I get new shoes - I throw those in my camera bag whenever I get the chance - You should too!

walk w ancients

Here's Astrobandit walking with an ancient tree we found along the way.

One more of just the tree - I thought that branch toward the end looked like a demon's claw. 

Nessie Vacays at Mono Lake

Location: Mono Lake, CA / Settings: (Composite) Nessie at F13, ISO 100, 21 seconds. Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6DRokinon 14mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Night-Writer with Green Color-tip.

I had this idea in mind since the last time I visited Mono Lake, it just seemed like the type of area Nessie might like.

While I was getting set up for this shot there were a few bats chasing large moths. I was able to catch some bat-trails - they are quick little devils!

bat-trails

This whole trip was generally cursed, but enjoyable - torrential downpours followed us everywhere we went! 

After narrowly missing a road closure on the 14 for flash floods, we hit the majority of the Eastern-Sierra areas including Fossil Falls, Alabama Hills, Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest, Hot Springs, Mono Lake, and Yosemite.

It was an exciting trip filled with lightning, hail, extreme downpours and some sketchy moments where we nearly got stuck in high-waters, the trail we drove in on turned into a full-flowing river within a matter of minutes!

In other news, I've updated the green color-tip for the Night-Writer - I thought it was a little too yellow, so I changed it to be more of an emerald hue - like Nessie.