Spectrodactyl

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ / Settings: F8, ISO 200, 218 seconds

A new edition to the Light-Fossils series - this colorful pterodactyl did not come easy.

However, where there is a will, there is a way - let's go through the process starting with the first attempt:

cartoon pterodactyl

I started with a brief gestural drawing using the Night-Writer without colors.. A bit cartoonish, but fun to play with the placement of where I wanted my more colorful creation to be.

After getting the composition where I wanted it, I was ready to proceed to the next step - drawing the flying dinosaur with white light - I may have added a crumpled receipt into the recessed tip of the Night-Writer just to try and diffuse the bright white light here - that's why the light is just a bit yellowish.

pterodactyl 2

The pieces were not exactly coming together the way I wanted, but I was ready at this point to move on toward using a bunch of colors for the next attempt - luckily, this move paid off and I got the shot without falling into the Grand Canyon. The full moon helped me in this regard, I would be very careful on a dark night - there are no guard rails.

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Ain't Life Grand?

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ / Settings: F.4, ISO 100, 102 seconds

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

Stepping up to this sheer cliff is a unique experience. If I could fly, it would be a lot less nerve-racking! 

Either way, the Grand Canyon in Arizona definitely helps to put our lives in perspective. 6 million years helped to carve out this unique wonder of the world.

For this shot I didn't need much light, there was a nearly full moon that helped to light the depths of the Grand Canyon. I opted for a minimalist approach with the non-tipped bright-white Night-Writer.

See the full collection of light skeletons in the Gallery: