Mid-Century Modernists

Location: Palm Springs, CA / Settings: F6.3, ISO 50, 202 seconds

Let's take a little trip to Palm Springs - this is a building designed by Albert Frey built in 1965 - It was first a gas-station, then it was turned into an art gallery, and now it's a visitor center. I illustrated some yellow skeletons to go with the red light on the side with the help of my Night-Writer and a yellow color-tip.

It looks like some sort of jetsons-style spaceship. Stand underneath for the full warp-speed effect:

It used to have a really cool entrance, but now there's a curved wall that contains the building, making it a bit more difficult for photography. Here's a link to see it back then with some fountains in the front and an overall more angular feel.

In addition to the triangle shape, there's a few stone boulders off to the side, they must weigh a ton each - I opted for some smiley faces using the Night-Writer with some pink/purple color-tips:

If you take the road up towards the mountains you can take a tram-ride up from the Palm Desert into the San Jacinto Mountains where the temperature can drop 40+ degrees - don't forget to bring a jacket! 

Once up top you'll see sweeping views of the desert and Palm Springs below. I took this opportunity to draw in a light-skeleton skating one of the handrails up there (I used the Night-Writer with white/orange color-tips):

I call this photo 'desert iguana' because after looking at the skateboard, I decided it looks a little bit like one of these creatures. The tail is far longer than your standard skateboard.

You can check out more light-skeletons along with print options in the gallery below:

Rainbow Raptor

Location: Buffalo, NY / Settings: F.8, ISO 100, 237 seconds

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

Scouting locations like this in the day is a good idea, I try to do it whenever possible - It's not safe any other way, you should get well acquainted with your location before shooting it in the dark.

This can be the difference between a light-noob and a light-ninja. 

For this shot I knew the location already, a decrepit historic building on the East Side of Buffalo - a perfect spot for my Rainbow Raptor.

I'd prefer to go with someone else for safety purposes, but went alone because I was picking my brother up from the airport an hour later.. That was before the lightning storm hit and his plane was delayed 3 hours.

During this shoot the rain began falling through broken windows and lightning struck in the distance to the left of the building. I didn't stay long.

Click here to see more Light-Fossils.

Thunderstruck

Location: Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Buffalo, NY / Settings: F13, ISO 800, 13 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D,  24-70mm LensManfrotto Tripod.

Haven't posted in a little over a week due to travels - made a trip to Colorado and just got back to Los Angeles from Buffalo, NY from a celebration of life to honor my Grandfather Joe Pearson who passed recently.

During my time in Buffalo, one of the resonating themes I found myself thinking of was his words of encouragement each time we spoke of how things were, how things were going in each other's lives. "Keep Givin' Her Hell" he used to say - the more I thought about those words, the more I found meaning in them - the world will give it right back either way, so you better make the most of it!

Power Out

Here I was trying to pick up my twin brother Ross from the airport, but they would not let passengers off the plane due the intensity of lightning strikes.

As you can see here, there was good reason for it - the power went out right after this bolt struck the building!

Striker

Another shot from a park in the suburbs.

lightning rod

One more from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - I wish I could have gotten a more detailed shot of this incredible statue 'Karma' by Do-ho Suh with some lightning in the frame.. But I thought it made a pretty good lightning rod, so I decided not to push my luck.

Sheats-Goldstein Residence

Had a chance to visit one of Los Angeles's architectural gems last week with Astro Bandit, a beautiful house designed in 1963 by John Lautner

I will always remember it as Jackie Treehorn's house; as in this hilarious scene from Coen Brother's 1998 film The Big Lebowski. 

For the Birds

Location: Bodega Bay, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 456 second exposure, stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

What trip up the coast of California can be complete without a look at one of the most iconic horror-film locations?

This historic schoolhouse in Bodega Bay used by Alfred Hitchcock in 'The Birds' was one of the places I thought my light-skeletons just had to visit.. Here they are with a few unwanted guests invading their group photo. 

Still made it to the church on time.