Drag On

Location: Valley of Fire, NV | Settings: F7.1 / ISO 50 / 188 seconds

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Here's a photo that took a few attempts to wrangle a decent image out of. To draw a dragon is more difficult than I first imagined, having illustrated so many dinosaurs in the past! The toughest feature is of course the wings - which have to be large enough for a beast of this scale take flight.

I used a bare Night-Writer to draw out of the skeleton free-hand and a red gelled spotlight to cast a nice red glow on the landscape from just behind the camera. 

On the images below I used a combination of a white color-tipped NW and a green color-tip for some contrast the later it got past Blue Hour. 

I'm not 100% sure that the image above is my favorite, so I'll include some other takes below and you can decide for yourself which one works best:

dragons

About 12 hours after taking the images above, I tried to capture 5 planets aligning with the Moon in between Mars and Jupiter from our camping spot in Valley of Fire. I hiked to the top of a rock formation and set up a panorama of 9 vertical shots. 

Unfortunately, I missed Mercury and got 4 out of 5 due to cloud coverage or perhaps the awesome hills underneath Planet Venus. Either way, I think it looks pretty amazing with the sunrise just beginning to hit frame left. These planets give us a pretty clear idea of our place within the solar system. We can hope to see these planets align again in 10 years:

Down to Earth

Location: Red Rock Canyon, CA / Settings: (Composite) Model at F3.5, ISO 1600, 8 seconds. Light art at F8, ISO 100, 23 seconds.

down to earth

Info on how this shot was created:

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm LensManfrotto Tripod, and Remote Shutter-release.

Found a natural pedestal out in Red Rock Canyon - the moon did a nice job of cutting the landscape in half with it's shadow, allowing me to cast color gel'd light in the dark areas while my model was still back-lit.

If you'd like to shoot these kind of images yourself, try using this set of color gels - I tend to like the strongest colors and contrasts - red and blue work best, teal and orange are great too.