Ride the Fire Wave

Location: Valley of Fire, NV / Settings: F6.3, ISO 50, 206 seconds

Had this idea for a little while, so here we are at the Fire Wave - a very similar phenomenon to it's more famous cousin the Wave in AZ - but with snazzy white stripes.

Here we have Shiny-bones casually shredding the gnar with a frontside ride on his pink swallow tail board.

The biggest challenge with shooting this location was the perspective - I really wanted a physically surfable wave. Fire Wave is a 35ft basin with a kidney-shape and a deep end. It took some near light-art along with far-away perspective from a wide angle lens to capture the effect correctly. I felt like I was drawing at a wonky angle and had a lot of trouble getting things to line-up - some brain trickery going on there!

Here is a visual of my vertical camera's perspective from the side:

perspective

I found this little scorpion when we were out at night - he was hiding among the many crevices in and around the layered sandstone. Valley of Fire has a lot of little critters to be careful for - Rattlesnakes, Scorpions, Bats, and Tarantulas to name a few. A good check around where you leave your bag will give you piece of mind (don't leave any pockets open either) - just be sure to do a quick light-up around the area whenever you reach for somewhere you can't see.

scorpion

Here's Astrobandit and I checking out the view after checking out for critters.

fire wave at night

More light-skeletons and printing options can be found in the Gallery below:

Bury the Hatchet

bury the hatchet

Quick collab post I did a while back with UK photographer Dan Whitaker. Thought it was appropriate today! Here's a link to the unedited version of this photo - I took certain liberties to fill in the wave :)

Dan Whitaker used a digital light-wand to create the waves here back in 2013. This was a few years before the pixel-stick came out, and Dan had used Michael Ross's tutorial to help him create it.

Texas-based photographer/light-artist Michael Ross was the original inventor to this tech, it's crazy to see his idea so wide-spread these days! I think people should know that he was the original inventor of this tech tool.

Happy Independence Day!