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.


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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