In August and then again in October, I experimented with night sky photography and light painting both here in Flagstaff and in Joshua Tree National Park. I wasn’t able to control the camera enough to get decent night shots in August, and Joshua Tree had too much light pollution in the distance to get anything worthwhile. Hence, light painting! I used a solar powered LED multi-color lamp during both shoots, with fun results.
In September, I took a workshop through Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition with renowned photographer Stan Honda. I learned how to further control my exposure and I’m looking forward to continued winter shoots out in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico!