Flying lights...

So, as always, I get my favorite photos when I spontaneously go to a location. I had plans of doing laundry, and basic household chores tonight until I looked out the window and saw the sun was going down and realized I wanted to at least try and get a shot from this very spot. I threw on some clothes (because lets face it, today was my "lazy Sunday") put all my camera gear in the car (who knows if I'll need that extra set of batteries, it might turn into an adventure) and headed to north Malibu, way past county line. Finally got to my desired location and there was a huge SUV parked on the side of the road (would have been right in the middle of this shot) and it was a guy taking photos with his tripod and a few little kids. The kids were in the middle of the road riding their scooters. It's a canyon road, kids should NOT be riding their scooters in the road. I decided to park anyway, and I apparently scared them away because the dad immediately got his kids in the car and loaded up his camera gear and took off before the sun even went below the horizon. I made sure my car was out of shot and headed up the ridge line, camera on my shoulder. At the end of the shoot I only had about 15 photos, most of which didn't have any car trails in them, so I took two of my favorite shots (one car going down, and the second having the car going up) edited them separately and stacked them together, layering the sky from the first photo, and voila! This is that final image. Thanks for looking!

Examining cars...

Today I set out to photograph a road that I drive a few times a week and always think about when I'll stop to take pictures of this super gnarly bend at the bottom of the canyon. I arrived about 4:45PM and took a handful of test shots to make sure I was happy with the depth of field, etc. then waited patiently in my car for the sun to go down. I had the heater on (because lets face it, its January) and my dog in my lap dead asleep when a train of cars start coming down the road, so I jumped out and started snapping pictures. Needless to say after taking about 65 long exposures in different lighting I was finally happy with one of them. Then came the next part, I needed a starry sky! So I got back into my car with Moose, turned the heater on and once again began patiently waiting for it to get even darker. About 30 minutes goes by and I get out and take a single exposure, 30 seconds, ISO 2600 and f/2.8 - This is the end result of those two images edited and then blended together.