Pearsonville Sunset Panorama

Pearsonville Sunset Panorama -- by Joe Reifer

Pearsonville Sunset Panorama -- by Joe Reifer

Click the image above for a larger version. Eight vertical images with a Ricoh GRD II point and shoot (28mm equivalent lens) were stitched in using Photomerge in Photoshop on the cylindrical setting. Worked pretty well except for one frame where I had to use a slight amount of warping on the power lines.

Night photography: Farewell, Pearsonville Junkyard

Our one night Farewell, Pearsonville Junkyard Workshop was a lot of fun. The strange weather patterns of 2011 brought intense rushing storm clouds over the Sierra, with a full moon high above — perfect conditions for night photography. Some amazing images from the photographers who attended the workshop are starting to appear in the Pearsonville Workshop Flickr Group. Thanks to everyone who attended — were those some awesome clouds or what?

After our ceremonial midnight toast, a light rain started blowing. There was still some blue sky and moonlight, so I attached the Think Tank Hydrophobia Rain Cover and kept on shooting. The cover is meant for a 70-200mm lens, but also works fine with a 24-70mm. The Hydrophobia is wonderful piece of design and engineering. Accessing the controls with your right hand is easy, and both the rear and top LCDs can still be viewed. The cover is easier to install if you remove your camera strap. The only issue for night photography is that you can no longer see the manual focusing scale on the lens. Next time I will carefully zone focus the lens and then use gaffer’s tape to prevent the focusing ring from moving. Gaffer’s tape is also handy for securing the Hydrophobia from blowing in the wind for long exposures. In addition to the cover, you’ll also need the proper eye piece accessory for your camera. Use this special referral link to receive a free gift on orders of over $50 from Think Tank. Bad weather can make for some great shooting!

Night photography: Flintstones Movie Car

Flintstones Movie Car -- by Joe Reifer

Flintstones Movie Car — by Joe Reifer

The image above is a 25 minute long exposure under a full moon of a car used in The Flintstones movie from 1994 starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis. Just one of the many amazing prop and movie cars at Paul’s Junkyard, the location for our upcoming  night photography workshop. The workshop is full, but you can sign up to be notified about the fall schedule. Yabba-dabba do!