Treading Light

Location: Glass Beach - Fort Bragg, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 156 seconds. Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

Info on how this shot was created:

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

When I was here last several months ago, there was a staircase being constructed. I'd imagine by now that staircase is operational.

At the time, we scaled the cliffs to this spot on a new moon, which makes for a great view of the stars, but difficult for hiking. I hope the sea-glass shore stays the way it is - but I know it won't.

Check out the full set of light-fossil images.

Psychedelic Coast

Location: Big Sur, CA / Settings: F5.6, ISO 100, 215 seconds

This is by far the coolest tent I've ever slept the night in. I felt like I had to do the psychedelic vibe of it justice with a colorful prism style light-painting.  

The Devil's Brick

This image is based on a dream I had where I was walking on a beach and there was a sudden Tsunami, everyone starts running from the crashing waves and as I start running, a girl with a worried look shoves a bag to my chest. I look inside the bag for an instant to see a glowing red brick - hot like coals. I quickly bury the bag in sand and look up to see a charred man with cracks of glowing red on his skin in a suit looking down at me - he says 'I believe you have something of mine'.. I reply ' I believe you are mistaken' and then wake up. 

Distant Lights

Shiny-bone jones under starry skies at glass beach.

The best kind of Space-Invader

Location: Avila Sea Caves - San Luis Obispo, CA / Settings: F4.5, ISO 1600, 133 second exposure

space invader

This place is a short walk from the parking lot and I'm sure there was a lot more to explore if we had more time. 

For this shot, I used a black glove to hold a single G-technology rugged external hard-drive in place for roughly each pixel used in the notorious space-invader icon.

I shot with a fairly open aperture of F4.5 and an ISO set to 1600 because I wanted the ocean to be visible along with some nice and bright hard-drive pixels for my invader. In addition, I hit the entrance of the cave with a bit of pink and blue light to work with the black and blue invader.

Here's the location on a map in case you feel inspired to check it out for yourself:

location avila sea caves

This is the hard-drive I was using for each pixel in the invader, and yes it is on a sea-glass beach (different location than the invader):

G-tech drive glass beach

Something to Bragg about

Location: Glass Beach - Fort Bragg, CA / Settings: F2.8, ISO 6400, 15 second exposure

Here's Astrobandit and I at the end of a long road-trip we took up the California Coast to Glass Beach at Fort Bragg, CA. It was cold and windy that night, so we were glad to have our Poler Napsacks - we went straight from our car to the beach wearing these warm and funky numbers.