Enjoying the sunset while waiting for the full moon to rise, this creative group of photographers prepares to embark on another night of light painting at the Paul’s Junkyard Night Photography Workshop. This group 360º panorama portrait was photographed using a 9 foot carbon fiber pole. Two sets of images were taken at each camera position and blended together using Exposure Fusion in PTGui Pro. The car on the right is from the Flintstones movie. Zoom in and take a closer look in the 360 interactive version below. Viewing on an iPhone or iPad? Control the pano by moving around using this gyroscope enabled version.
The Paul’s Junkyard Night Photography Workshop just concluded and we had a blast. In the 360 degree pano portrait above, twelve photographers and two instructors enjoy the last rays of sunset while waiting for the full moon to rise for long exposures and light painting. The vintage taxi cabs and stretch Corvette limo are just some of the wonderful cars at Paul’s. More images from the workshop soon!
The San Francisco Chronicle had an article about the Bay Area night photography scene in the October 8, 2011 Datebook section. The lead paragraph starts out with a loose quote from yours truly, and the piece also features night photography mentor Steve Harper, Nocturnes kingpin Tim Baskerville, and my frequent co-conspirator Troy Paiva.
Night photography was more prevalent throughout the history of photography than the article suggests, and has had major practitioners since film technology improved in the 1920′s. I wouldn’t say there is one codified style of night photography that developed in the 1970′s. There are a wide range of styles from the post-New Topographics industrial landscape to surreal light painted decay. The influence of Troy Paiva’s colored urbex work has created a somewhat codified style of night photography. This codification has occurred over the last 5 years, in parallel with the rise of the affordable digital SLR, and the prevalence of online photo sharing. That discussion is not the focus of the article, and is a can of worms for another day.