Gallery: High desert salvage yard II of III

The second night of shooting began with high clouds blowing through for the first 1.5 hours of darkness. After a few initial shorter exposures, most images were in the 3-5 minute range to achieve a balance moonlight, depth of field, and cloud streaks. I explored a different part of the yard the second night, and used a lower, closer camera position to create a different balance between the cars and sky or mountains.

Reviewing the images from the first night on a laptop before going back was a helpful part of figuring out what kind of compositions worked best, and maximizing productivity during the 5 hours of available moonlight. I did about the same number of setups the 2nd night, but got more keepers. Let me know which ones are your favorites. A 3rd gallery with an additional 10 images will be coming up in the next few days.

7 thoughts on “Gallery: High desert salvage yard II of III”

  1. Painting Of a Van
    Untitled 2nd
    Untitled 3rd

    “A 3rd gallery with an additional 10 images will be coming up in the next few days.” You gotta be kidding me. You mean to tell me there are more killers coming to get me. What the hell is in your drink these days?


  2. I am SO READY to go again next month. Tue wed thu of that week.

    I love the moon peeping above the clouds in the first 2, dramatic. I skipped the front of the Matador thinking it was too smashed to bother. I can see I was wrong. The 48 Packard is schweet too.

    I like what you are doing with natural light.

    I’m a Mountain Dew and chocolate-covered coffee beans guy myself.

  3. Thanks, fellas! The Matador and the Packard are 2 of my favorites as well. I should show some before images that only have moonlight, and after images that are filled by flashlight – people might be surprised at the results.

  4. Hi Troy – Yar. I know exactly what you mean. A lot of people that aren’t familiar with night photography/light painting often want to confirm that images were taken at night. And I print pretty dark. And because some of the light painting is subtle fill, people don’t see it. More on this topic soon.

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