This has to be one of the hardest photos I've ever taken.. I shot this at the Moria Gate Arch just north of Karamea, which is at the top of the West Coast of the South Island.. To get here we had to drive one of the most hectic roads in New Zealand in the pouring rain for an hour, I spent half the time looking out my drivers side window to see where I was going because the corners are so sharp! Then its another half an hour of the same crazy winding corners on a bumpy dirt road! A short hike through rain forest bought us to this amazing arch way and small cave system!
It was just on sunset we arrived here so it was starting to get dark, which was lucky as these amazing glow worms started to light up! I loved how they made a leading line to the light from the arch way opening, but to line it up my camera had to sit right in the stream of a small water fall from an opening above me.. So I spent about half an hour fumbling around in a wet cave with a dying head torch, holding my cap over my camera to try stop it from being soaked, having to clean my lens from water drops between every shot, and also slipped in the mud once or twice too haha it was a pretty challenging but super rewarding time shooting!
For this one, I blended 3 exposures to get the most amount of light from the scene, one darker shot for the highlights outside the cave, one for the glow worms and most of the inside of the cave, and one mistake exposure with my head torch on that gave some nice light to fill things in slightly :) Canon 6D
Tamron 15-30 f/2.8
(Darker exposure at ISO1000)
We take it so for granted, how fragile our day to day life is.. So easily we could be hit by a car or have a heart attack and that would be it. But every single little moment perfectly lines up so that our day to day lives continue on in the illusion of comfort and safety without realising how lucky we are to just be alive and here experiencing this life.. I recently chose to leave the comfort zone of living in a house and doing the same shit every day and packed my life away into my car to travel the county with a crazy chick I had just met. All those little moments over the past 6 weeks have lined up perfectly to take me to some of the most incredible places imaginable with views such as this!
I've had almost no money the entire time which has been an interesting mental challenge to overcome, but everything always worked out and I've had what ever I needed at the time to survive. You can chase your dreams now matter what you think might be holding you back.. And if you fail, then at least you tried!
On a side note, if anyone wants to buy a print then I might just be able to keep going and make it up to the North Island ;) Tunnel Beach Aurora, May 28th
Tamron 15-30 f/2.8
12 vertical shot, 2 row panorama
Ancient Bristlecone Pines. These are not alive, but these long living trees are fascinating even in death. They do not rot like usual trees after dying, and they are resistant to insects as well. As a result they may stand for centuries after dying, and weather like stones, from wind and water. Wayne Pinkston www.waynepinkstonphoto.com
Balanced Panorama, Arches National Park, Utah. This was from my first trip to photograph the night sky several years ago. I was going through some old photos to see if there was anything decent there. I found a few that were actually in focus!!!, although many of them were not. This one was actually in focus. I would not chose to use lighting this bright any more, and would consider these lights to be too bright. Now, if I use lighting, I try to make it so subtle that it is hard to notice (occasionally succeeding, lol). Since IG is not so good for panoramas, I am good to post this 2 ways, as a photo and as an Instapan video. Hope you enjoy, and may we all keep learning! Wayne. www.waynepinkstonphoto.com
Moonlit Hoodoos in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah. While waiting for the moon to go down I used the time to capture a number of moonlit shots of hoodoos in Goblins Valley. As it turned out I liked the moonlit shots better than the shots after the moon when down. With regards to the sky, the color is much more day-like, very blue with more cyan. It is so blue that it is harder to make it look natural. Cheers, Wayne. www.waynepinkstonphoto.com
Ancient Clifftop Ruins in the SW USA in the Four Corners Region. These were built approx 800 to 1000 years ago by the Ancestral Puebloan people, also known as the Anasazi or Cliff Dwellers. They lived in this region for many centuries, at times living on mesa tops and cliff tops, at times in small valleys and washes, and in later times in large cave-like alcoves. This structure is along a clifftop, the photo taken from a lower bench of the cliff. As times got harder in the 1200's due to drought and relative overpopulation, many villages retreated to large alcoves in the cliffs, where many of the best preserved stone villages remain. Many think they moved to the protected alcoves because of strife and competition for scarce resources. Ultimately they "disappeared" from the region in the 1300's, and are thought to have moved south, the ancestors of the current Pueblo People of the SW.
Corona Arch, near Moab, Utah, USA. There is Low Level Lighting (LLL) used with LED light panels with warming filters. These are turned down very low, barely identifiable, and left on the whole time. Basically this is an attempt to match starlight, and give some depth to the scene. Starlight alone is very flat and diffuse. There is a person in the foreground for scale. This arch is Large! Cheers, Wayne Pinkston. www.waynepinkstonphoto.com
Table Top Hoodoos in the Bisti Badlands of New Mexico. Taken at 16 mm, f 2.8, 30 sec., ISO 6400. There is low level constant light on the foreground. This is not classic light painting, but more similar to modified studio lighting or "outdoor" studio lighting. It consists of light panels on tripods left on the whole time, very dim, barely visible or not visible to the naked eye. This takes time to set up. The light is intended to match the intensity of starlight (it does not take much!). This different from traditional light painting where you briefly shine a brighter light on the subject or near a subject. I have encountered several photographers at night that just about had a nervous breakdown when you mentioned light painting, but then became very quiet and cooperative when they saw the lighting I set up. I think we need a different label for this kind of landscape lighting, different from "light painting". I have decided to personally call this Low Level Landscape Lighting, (LLLL for short), or LLL, Low Level Lighting. I hope some term other than light painting catches on, as it just does not describe the more recent methods of landscape lighting at night. I doubt that anyone in a studio would describe their lighting as "light painting;. We just need some new language to talk about these methods more accurately. Cheers, Wayne
Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills of California, USA. 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 6400. Cheers, Wayne. www.waynepinkstonphoto.com