Sparkling Skies

Location: Big Sur, CA / Settings: (12 vertical images) F2.8, ISO 6400, 15 seconds

Gear: Canon 6DRokinon 14mm LensManfrotto Tripod.

For this shot I just cranked the ISO about as far as I could take it without totally inundating my images with noise. I'd say about 6400 is as far you can take it with a Canon 6D.. Unless in colder conditions - it's funny that most cameras have a sweet spot with temperature and functionality, I'd imagine around 55 degrees is best for my little mechanical companion.

It took a bit of editing to get it to this point - I brought the highlights out, pushed the clarity quite a bit, and had to do a bit of warping to get all the vertical images lined up with a more realistic horizon.

If you were going to try and shoot an image like this for yourself you'll want a few key things: 

1. Dark skies - check out this site to scope out dark skies in your location. Pay attention to the moon phase: (iphone app, android app).

2. The right camera gear - I've put together a list of recommended product here, it's not all-inclusive, but it'll give you an idea of what features you may want to look for in a camera.

3. A sweet map app of the night-sky - this one does the trick for me: (iphone app, android app).

4. Set your gear to something like F2.8, ISO 3200, for 15 seconds and see what happens (magic).

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. 

Milk with your Coffee?

Location: Joshua Tree, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 40 seconds. Stars at F2.8, ISO 6400, 15 seconds.

The desert is a strange and beautiful place. It's harsh with extreme conditions like heat, cold, strong winds and venomous animals.

But there's another side to the desert that is peaceful, magic and spiritual - a place of wonder where you can feel insignificant in the best way possible.