Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8, Really Right Stuff tripod and ballhead, cable release.
30 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 1000
My original intention was to photograph this scene at sunset, and then move on to a different location where I could photograph the Milky Way. However, when I noticed clouds lingering, I started to envision a night shot I could capture, if I remained here. I am very new to light painting, but wanted to use this technique to illuminate the foreground of this scene. Once it was dark, I began to combine different exposures, while handholding a headlamp. For the resulting image, I pointed the headlamp at the tree for a fraction of a second, before bouncing the headlamp’s light off the rocks opposite this scene for three seconds. This is my favorite scene in Joshua Tree National Park, and one that easily lets my imagination evoke the legend of its origin. “According to legend, a long, long time ago, a penguin was turned into stone. A magical tree grew out of the rocks nearby, and when the ice returns, it will touch the penguin, and bring it back to life”.