Spectral Corythosaurus

Location: Salton Sea, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F5.6, ISO 50, 142 seconds. Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

This image is a bit deceiving to me - it looks like the dinosaur is about 12 feet from the camera, in reality, it's more like 4 feet.

That's what a 14mm lens does - it crams everything into the camera. For the light-painter, this is both a blessing and a curse. It's great for tight spaces, but can be a bit confusing for us to imagine where the frame begins and ends! 

Check out the full collection of Light-Fossils below:

Fishbone Beach

Location: Salton Sea, CA / Settings: (21 images merged) F2.8, ISO 6400, 15 seconds.

After a long drive from Phoenix, Arizona we had one last place to visit before heading home.

The thought that always comes to mind when visiting the Salton Sea is 'disproportionally beautiful' - I say that because visiting this spot in person is pretty disgusting - there are flies everywhere during the day and thousands of dead fish that die off every year around this time of year to create shorelines with their bones, it smells terrible - yet everything looks gorgeous and photogenic.

Where I was standing to shoot a pano of the Milky way (above) is actually about 50 yards out to sea in this photo below of Astro Bandit:

It's interesting to visit the same places at different times of the year and compare dramatic seasonal changes.

Here's another blog post I did at the same location back in June when the water was much higher. 

Disaster

Location: Salton Sea, CA / Settings: F8, ISO 100, 481 seconds

Info on how this shot was created: 

Gear: Canon 6D24-70mm LensManfrotto Tripod, and Remote Shutter-release.

I used a light-pen to create the skeletons and a red LED for the blood-effect here with a little gelled orange flash from behind the wreckage and a gelled teal flash in front during the 8 minute long exposure.  

For this image, I wanted to emphasize the derelict structures that remain of what was once a popular 1950's Los Angeles getaway but is now a rusting, dust-swept, pesticide filtered, fish-graveyard.

Some insight on the location itself:

I don't recommend visiting in the Summer - it's hot and the stench of rotting fish has been known to travel as far as Orange County.

Bottom line is - it's gross, but looks great in photos.

If you stop around certain areas of the beach, you can expect a barrage of flies swarming constantly.. One of the most accurate inscriptions on junk I found was this one: 

bodies


Dempsey X Darius Twin collaboration

Astrobandit delivers a flying kick

Location: Salton Sea, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 126 seconds. Model at F3.2, ISO 800, 6 seconds - lit w speedlite.

Three minds are better than one - this was the case on the collaborative efforts of myself, fellow Los Angeles based photographer Mike Dempsey and Astrobandit when we recently took a trip out to the beautiful wasteland that is - Salton Sea, CA.

Last Grasp

Location: Salton Sea, CA / Settings: (Composite) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 40 seconds. Model at F3.5, ISO 800, 8 seconds.

Click on the images above to take a trip over to Mike's website where you can check out some of his humorous photo and video work that will make you say - How'd he do that? 

Looking forward to collaborating again in the near future!