This month, I had the fun opportunity to attend a two night workshop at Bodie State Historic Park in Eastern California. This was my second chance to photograph the stars at Bodie, and I was quite excited to have another chance. It's an amazing opportunity to be in a state park after it closes with a total of 12 photographers free to roam and shoot until 1:00 am.
Having been there last year, I was able to go with a few ideas as to what I would like to try. Having two nights allowed me to go back with fresh ideas after seeing what I was able to do the first night.
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I went out the night before to Mono Lake. We had shot there last year, so I was familiar with it and felt that it was a good place to "tune up."
I wandered around before dark and chose this location to set up:
I also set up a star trail shot with my other camera:
Mono Lake was amazingly calm this night which is very unusual for such a large lake. Check out the star reflections in the lake:
Now on to the Bodie nights :-).
Before it got dark the first night, I did some shooting the late sun coming into some of the buildings:
Having played with star reflections in water, I went to Bodie with the idea of trying to catch reflections of stars or even perhaps the Milky Way in some of the windows of the buildings. I had pre-scouted possible locations using maps, but I found that a number of those wouldn't work. However, once I got there, I wandered around looking for possible candidates and this is my favorite from the first night:
I had also set up a star trail shot at a location I had been at last year and wanted to try again:
And here is the same location without star trails:
Here are a couple more from the first night:
On the second night, before it got dark, I some more windows ideas, and this ended up being my favorite:
I managed to squeeze in two star trail sequences. The first was a location I scouted out and thought I'd give a try on my own. The second was one that a number of people tried as well as some light painting.
This was a shed that the group had set up an interior light, and since it was right by my first star trail attempt, I played with it right after setting the star trail shot up:
And then some other group light painting shots that we did:
I definitely had a fun time, and it was really good to have the in depth time to explore possibilities beyond what we were able to do last year in one shorter night.