Night photography: Look skyward (Trona Pinnacles)

Look skyward (Trona Pinnacles) -- by Joe Reifer

Look skyward (Trona Pinnacles) — by Joe Reifer

Six exposures of 7.5 minutes at f/8, ISO 200 were combined for an effective exposure length of 45 minutes. The lighting on the rocks is from a truck that drove up the road during one of the exposures. Trona Pinnacles is out of this world.

Update: Here’s an 8 minute exposure of me making the image above, courtesy of Troy Paiva. The size of the car helps give you a sense of the scale of Trona Pinnacles.

Joe Reifer at Trona Pinnacles -- by Troy Paiva

Joe Reifer at Trona Pinnacles — by Troy Paiva

10 thoughts on “Night photography: Look skyward (Trona Pinnacles)”

  1. Joe, just a question. Is there any reason to combine multiple exposures ? And in the case is it technical ? Avoiding overheating of the sensor ? Or just a camera limit ?

    BTW the subject is interesting but the picture is very well organized by itself.

    Mauro

    1. The camera can do 8-10 minutes without running in-camera noise reduction (this varies based on the air temperature). In-camera noise reduction cuts productivity & battery life in half (a 45 minute exposure would have to run an additional 45 minutes for noise reduction). Stacking also allows multiple light painting versions in the foreground.

    1. Your comment is funnier than you realize — the driver was so slow on the dirt road, that another photographer’s shot was interrupted for about 15-20 minutes. Lighting worked out really well on my shot though!

  2. Wow. Great image Joe. Can’t believe the lighting on the rocks was by accident. It looks so controlled and perfect.

    1. Well, it was a controlled accident. Because I had multiple images to stack, the amount and position of the lighting was adjusted using a layer mask in Photoshop.

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