River Dance

Location: Los Angeles, CA / Settings: F6.3, ISO 100, 471 second exposure.

Gear used: Canon 6D, 24-70mm Lens, Manfrotto Tripod, Remote Shutter, and prototype Night-Writer.

The most important advice I have to give about water and light-painting is that you have to get in it to get the shot.. Do what you need to do, but realize you will be getting wet.

For this kind of photo, being in Los Angeles, and all the reasons that our river water is not as clean as say Denver's right next to the Rocky Mountains, I would recommend a pair of these black rubber boots if you plan a similar shot.

For less polluted waters, you can probably go with a black pair of water-shoes instead.

Check out my ever-growing collection of Light-Skeletons on the image link below:

Tesla's Spark

Location: Niagra, ON - Canada / Settings: F8, ISO 100, 108 seconds

Gear: Canon 6D,  24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Night-Writer.

Exploring Niagra Falls late at night I've come to a few realizations:

1) In the tourist season, it is never un-occupied - even at 3am I saw people with their kids in tow out for a stroll.. Strange to see, but who knows - they could have gotten in from a late flight and been on a completely different time schedule than you or I. The Falls are just as beautiful at night, and the crowds are certainly less like the circus you would see in the day.

2) The falls makes it's own weather - with all that water misting up a storm, you can bet on using your windshield wipers often.

3) It's a place that must be visited -  the sheer power and force of nature is awe-inspiring. The Canadian side is best - Horseshoe Falls all the way. American side is cool too, but right now it's under construction for the next year; visit Canada, it's awesome.

I think one of the most intriguing human aspects of this natural wonder is the idea to harness the power of the falls to create electricity - Nikola Tesla. While I was driving out of the parking lot to Horseshoe falls, I had to stop that this old building and draw a skeleton dedicated to the one of the most important figures the last century - his achievements in electricity had an immeasurable impact on the future of technology.

Niagra Falls

3,160 tons of water flows over Niagra Falls every second - Nikola Tesla put this natural power to use.

Niagra Mist

Mist from Niagra Falls covers the area for many miles (or kilometers depending on who you ask). 

Inorganic Being

Location: Santa Barbara, CA / Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 153 seconds

Info on how this shot was created:

Gear: Canon 6D,  24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and red-tipped Night-Writer.

I've been working on some color-tips for my Night-Writer light-pen. The colors aren't exactly what I want just yet, but with a few more tries, they should be soon! 

Here is the first image I took with what I thought was going to be a red tip - Unfortunately, I'll need to make another that is actually red and not this pinkish hue you see.

Check out the other colors I'm working on below!

color-tips

With any luck, these will be looking color-accurate and available soon - the way they work is you just plug them in over the recessed LED tip of the Night-Writer and viola! Multi-colored light-art.

Marching Bears

Location: Big Sur, CA / Settings: F8, ISO 100, 288 seconds

Info on how this shot was created:

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

I've been to this spot at Pfeiffer Beach many times, and every time it's different - sometimes it's rocky, sometimes you'll see a creek, sometimes a fallen tree, and in this case - hundreds, perhaps thousands of stacked stones.. As if somebody had been stranded on the beach with magic mushrooms as their only food source. 

On that topic, some of the Grateful Dead art has been an inspiration to me for a long time. I remember the first time I visited Haight Street in San Francisco and dug through a bunch of old Fillmore concert poster prints, I was especially drawn to these colorful bears. I must have been about 12 taking in the most wild, creative and colorful artwork I had seen - work by work, from the very political art to the melted letters and psychedelic vibes, it was all very cool then, and it's just as cool now - Here's to keeping that light on, nice and bright.

Away Team

Location: Red Rock Canyon, CA / Settings: F8, ISO 100, 707 second exposure.

Info on how this shot was created:

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

At close to a 12 minute exposure, these spectral skeleton images are a tough card to play - so I usually do them last in a night's shoot. I think each color may evolve into a character.

Skelebuddies in the Fog

Location: Encinal Canyon - Malibu, CA / Settings: F8, ISO 100, 581 second exposure

Info on how this shot was created:

Gear: Canon 6D24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Proto Light-pen.

This photo was all about taking advantage of the weather - I was driving through Encinal Canyon on a road that connects the Valley of Los Angeles to the Beaches of Malibu, when a dense fog appeared. Noting the opportunity, I pulled over to shoot one long exposure - a shot I had in mind for some time - rainbow light skeletons in a row.

For placement issues, I know I needed a lot of space - so I shot wide and hoped to capture some car trails - that's what the white streaking lights are (frame left). I started with the white skeleton and side-stepped about 3 feet for each other skeleton.. But soon realized I may have started a bit too far over once I got to the blue character. 

I did my best to place the last two purple and pink skeletons left of where I began with the white and I'm happy they didn't overlap - this was nearly a ten minute exposure.

If you'd like to see the full collection of light skeletons, check out the Shiny Bones Gallery.