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Death Valley Race Track

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Moonbeam
Moonbeam
"Moonbeam" was an experimental photographic project I tried in the remote Death Valley Racetrack are. The first image was a still long exposure which included the tent with an LED light inside, the second was an image of about the same exposure time simply moving the camera immediately before shutter starts (made several attempts to get it right and smooth). I waited until the moon was in this position for this version. It was in photoshop that I fused the moving image on top of the still. It is fun and interesting to note that the streak is not the path of the moon, rather the path of the moon across the sensor of the camera. I have a couple more images from this group, so stay tuned to see how they turned out.
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Harvey  A. Ravitch     A WoW for Me! I Love the contrast of silohuette vs overly bright light coming from the top of mountain...sultry Blue vs Black Silohuette Adds Impact.. Excellent!


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12/28/2018 8:01:41 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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This is stunning, Craig. How did you create or capture the light streak effect? Love the look.


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1/29/2019 6:25:09 AM

 
Craig Bill  

The first image was a still long exposure which included the tent with an LED light inside, the second was an image of about the same exposure time simply moving the camera immediately after shutter starts (made several attempts to get it right and smooth). I waited until the moon was in this position for this version. It was in photoshop that I layered the moving image on top of the still and allowed only the bright part of the moving image to be visible (lighten blend). It is fun and interesting to note that the streak is not the path of the moon, rather the path of the moon across the sensor of the camera. I have a couple more images from this group, so stay tuned to see how they turned out.


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1/29/2019 9:12:27 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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Awesome - thanks for sharing.


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2/3/2019 7:26:34 AM

 
MARLON IGNACIO
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This is spectacular, Craig! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your technique!


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3/1/2019 8:06:49 AM

 
Christine Greenspan
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Many congrats on this incredible winner!


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3/1/2019 4:36:39 PM

 
Craig Bill  

Thank you!


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3/1/2019 4:58:16 PM

 
Rosemary Sampson
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Extraordinary photo! Love it! and thanks for your explanation.


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3/18/2019 6:42:36 PM

 
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