It’s all about the Perspective

While I was out light painting I thought of a couple of other ideas that I wanted to try. One was including my friend Alex as he is an actual cowboy. At the corner of their property is a great Oak tree that has made a great subject several times in the past, it seemed like the right spot to try out my thought. As I mentioned in yesterdays post it was almost a full moon which interfered with my plans a little bit but made do either way.


There is still a mystique about the west. How it is untamed and how there are places still unknown about it. The people that made it that way are the ones that hold that spirit alive and it is in the photographs that we try to emulate that.

Working at Night

This past weekend was truly beautiful. It felt like Spring even though it still isn’t yet. The mid fifty temperatures just begs to get outdoors but I couldn’t think of anywhere really wanting to go out shooting so I thought why not do some late night shooting. After all the time I have spent shooting here in Montana I have actually done very little star trails or light painting photography at night. Don’t know why but it is something I plan on changing.


Shooting at night is a lot of fun but sometimes it can be very boring. It just so happens that the night I choose had an overcast sky and true brilliant planning an almost full moon. When that happens the best plan is to wait it out till it gets darker. Thankfully the sky broke and the moon, well didn’t change much. It was still really bright out. I went over to the Gafke ranch which is where I practice different techniques quite often. With the great landscape and barns it’s an easy choice.


With the bright moon it was obvious that great star trails wasn’t going to be as strong as other nights, but the light painting was going to be fine either way. Shooting with the D4 and 24-70 AF-S f/2.8 on a tripod I started with the red barn. Now a quick tip for shooting at night, the D4 has a setting in the shooting menu called Long Exposure NR. This setting helps make a cleaner image by reducing noise in the camera. After that it’s just a matter of finding the desired shutter speed. The longer the shutter is open the more light will come in including moon light and stars. When it comes to light painting it means that the light from the flashlight is going to be the brightest so less if often more. Also the light source closest to the camera is going to be the brightest. This is why if you are going to go out shooting and play with this technique to practice a lot.

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