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:

City Stage (making of vid)

Location: Los Angeles, CA / Settings: F.22, ISO, 192 seconds

For a shot like this you have to control how much light enters your camera - for this reason, I set the lens to the highest aperture possible.

To get a good idea of how much my standing in front of the city-lights affected the exposure, just take a look at my legs - the city-lights are well exposed, outside of them I'd say it was a bit too bright for clarity's sake.

Fortunately, clarity of city-lights wasn't the point to this image, it's a balance of the elements - the tree, the angel, the lights below.

I hope you enjoy this photo, you can check out the full collection of Angels in my Gallery:

Rainbros

Location: Murphy's Ranch - Pacific Palisades, CA / Settings: (Variable F-stop) F2.8 for Casted light, F16 for Skeletons, ISO 100, 553 seconds.

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

This is not an easy location to get to - it's about a 7 mile hike in and out.. But if a group of teenagers can get to it carrying a 3ft glass bong, then you can hike it with some camera gear.

One of the funniest moments happened when Astrobandit and I were setting up for this shot in the dark - A group of high school aged kids walked toward the building with flashlights and shined their light on us in the middle of this doorway (it was pitch black) - they collectively FREAKED OUT, a girl screamed - which triggered other girls to scream, and we watched as a group of 12 flashlights ran off in the opposite direction screaming for their lives!

We nearly died of laughter and Jordan attempted to explain that we were not ghosts, murderers or anything like that. It was a Scooby-Doo moment.

doorway

If you'd like to take this hike for yourself, read up on this post.

Ruins of Riverside Dr.

Location: Riverside Dr. - Los Angeles, CA / Settings: F8, ISO 100, 347 seconds

Info on how this shot was created:

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

I wanted to test out my new color tips at a location where I knew there would be a lot of ambient light - in Los Angeles, that is pretty much anywhere.

This is a place I drive by on a regular basis but rarely stop at - Ruins of Riverside Dr. - newest addition to the light-skeletons gallery.