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Darren Pearson
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/25/15: Peacock (or colorful turkey)

Location: Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Settings: (Composite of 2 images) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 220 seconds; Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200 for 15 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, TCB RGB-pen, and Light-pen.

Spending a night under the stars in the Anza Borrego Desert is a great idea for a weekend getaway in San Diego or Los Angeles - this spot at 'Arroyo Salado' campground is around 2 hours from each location by car.

Our group was happy to hike and explore during the day, sit around by the fire telling stories and passing whiskey at night, then did a bit of light-painting to cap it all off. I had a peacock in mind since last week when I asked my followers on instagram what I should draw, this was a great chance to use the new TCB RGB-pen and all of it's color choices in one image!
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/23/15: Ankylosaurus

Location: Base of cinder cone volcano - Fossil Falls, CA

Settings: (Composite of 2 images) Light art at F9, ISO 100, 160 seconds; Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200 for 15 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* Lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, and Light-pen.

This looks like such a tranquil photograph.. In reality, I was huddled behind and in front of the lens trying not to let myself or my gear get carried away by the violent winds sweeping across the basin. At the end of this session I was picking out bits of gravel from my hair for the remainder of the drive.

The hill directly behind my Ankylosaur is actually a cinder cone volcano just off of highway 395, I thought it would be a fitting place for another light fossil creation.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/19/15: Surfing Skeleton

Location: Sunken City - San Pedro, CA

Settings: 5.6, ISO 400, ~180 seconds.

Gear: Mamiya RB67 - Med. Format Film Camera, 190x Manfrotto tripod, and Light-pen.

Usually I don't know what the hell I've created until I see it in the back of the LCD screen on the camera.. With the Mamiya, it's a bit different because I have to take the film in to get developed, I basically forget what I had shot until I see the negatives developed a week or so later.

I'm happy with the way this one turned out, you can see the difference in how light reacts with film opposed to digital here - the light fades nicely creating a beautiful glow and the color tones are a bit more vibrant and moody.

Click the image below to see it large - printing options are available as well.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/17/15: Stellar Alpaca

Location: Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Settings: (Composite of 2 images) - Light art at F8, ISO 100, 191 seconds, Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, and Light-pen.

Back from the desert as of last night - it was great to be off the grid for a little bit! No phone, no computer, no email, no social networking. Just my lady, my friends, and a few nights under the most incredible starry skies.

For this shot, I climbed up a small hill in complete darkness after everyone retired to their tents for the night. I had an alpaca in mind for a few days and this one came out first try, I was feeling it! I like the subtle detail in the face - it looks as though he's glancing back.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/11/15: Light & Love

Location: Sunken City - San Pedro, CA

Settings: F5.6, ISO 200, 169 second exposure.

Gear: Canon 6D, 24-70mm lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, and TCB RGB-pen.

Last night, I wanted to challenge myself by sticking to medium format film for the night. After this shot is when I switched from digital to film, and I'll try and get the roll developed later today - fingers crossed! A roll of 120 has 10 shots - I did my best to make them all count. I hope to be posting them in a few days (if they work out)!

For nearly all of the images I shot last night, I used Twin Cities Brightest RGB light-pen - a pretty crazy tool! This strange flute-like contraption has three buttons - Red, Blue, Green.. Pressing two together will yield interesting results - the lights mix to create new colors - Pink, Orange, Teal. Up to 6 different color-combinations can be achieved from the single LED bulb. Color me stoked.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/7/15: Yurt village under stars

Location: Big Sur, CA

Settings: 22 vertical shots blended, shot at F3.5, ISO 3200, 15 second exposures each.

Gear: Canon 6D, Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm lens, and 190x Manfrotto tripod.

It's rare to have a moment of Zen, and I think it's what most of us night-photographers are searching for in the endless pursuit of an image. This was a quiet moment for me, where I gazed up at the galaxy above, down to the yurts on the hillside, and over at the ocean to my left. I was in awe.

To capture this scene took 22 photos - I shot three rows of vertical shots, right to left, making sure to overlap each so I could blend them together in post.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/24/15: Deinocheirus Mirificus

Location: Red Rock Canyon, CA

Settings: (Composite of 2 images) Light art at F8, ISO 100, 176 seconds; Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200 for 15 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, Rosco gels, and Light-pen.

Before getting to Red Rock Canyon we thought the car would blow away with the wind. Once we dropped elevation into the canyon area, the wind subsided a bit, or at least went above us as you can see illustrated in the clouds above.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/20/15: Ouranosaurus

Location: Mt. Pinos - Frazier Park, CA

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 240 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, Rosco gels, and Light-pen.

The winter forest is not an easy destination to photograph, I much prefer it's spring season. However, a full moon can beckon the night-photographer to chase light into the most uncomfortable of environments.

If you have a suggestion for my next light-fossil dinosaur, shoot me an email! I'd love to hear it.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/18/15: Shabby Road

Location: Joshua Tree, CA

Settings: (Variable Fstop) - F8 to F4, ISO 100, 310 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, and Light-pen.

The camper we stayed in had the coolest 3D image of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover - this was an idea I've had for a long time but never put light to air for.

Happy to see the Northstar above Harrison - what a cool group of spirits. Hear the actual Abbey Road album here: http://m.tu.tv/videos/the-beatles-abbey-road-full-album-s
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/12/15: Palm Tree Eyes

Location: Sunken City - San Pedro, CA

Settings: F5.6, ISO 400, 179 second exposure.

Gear: Mamiya RB67, 50mm lens, and 190x Manfrotto tripod. Shot with 120mm film.

When it comes to digital photography, it's hard to tell if an image is authentic and 'as shot' or if it's been drastically altered in post.

Technically, you can scan and alter a film photo too - it really comes down to the negative as the ultimate evidence. I picked up some negatives I shot the other day and I'm pretty happy with most of them, there are four that I think are most strong. One I'll share now, but there's more to come when I get them scanned at a higher-resolution.

I gotta give respect to my old co-worker Nathan for the idea here, he drew a really cool graphic-tee with palm-tree eyes. In the night, I remember seeing these trees and thinking of his graphic. I had to attempt a light-painting re-creation!
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/10/15: Space is the Place

Location: Antelope Valley, CA

Settings: (Composite of 2 images) - Light art at F9, ISO 100, 151 seconds, Stars at F2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens, 190x Manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, Rosco gels, and Light-pen.

I'm still getting the hang of this new super-wide angle lens, for an image like this that looks fairly straight-forward - the skeleton character is actually bending over backwards toward the lens of the camera. Subtle tricks like this play a large role in the finished look of an image and they take a bit of trial and error to get right.
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DAILY LIGHT LEAK - 2/6/15: Troll Toll

Location: Abandoned Waterpark - Lake Delores, CA

Settings: F7.1, ISO 100, 387 second exposure.

Gear: Canon 6D, 24-70mm lens, 190x manfrotto tripod, remote shutter control, and Light-pen.

This is a large area to explore and it helped to have skateboards around during the day. At night, skateboarding becomes risky-business as potholes small and large creep out of nowhere!

For this shot, I went pretty minimal - No coloring in the shadows, although I did a bit of lighting inside the lazy-river, one from far, one mid, and another off camera to give the photo some depth. The figures were drawn with my light-pen, and the car-trails in the background were from the freeway. I was able to capture what looks like a sunset but is just an intense afterglow - this is nearly a 400 second shot, and in reality, this space was totally dark!
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