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(Disclaimer: This image is one exposure with minor Lightroom touch ups. This is not CGI and this is not digital painting, this is a real photograph.)

When we walk out into the heart of an unfrequented desert landscape, you expect to see some cactus, sand, maybe a few rocks, but what is that last thing you would ever expect? A giant metal dinosaur perhaps? These are in fact art installations by a man named Ricardo Breceda. Ricardo crafted over 120 metallic sculptures around the small town of Borrego Springs, out in the middle of the Anza Borrego Desert in California.

This area also happens to be an international Dark Sky community. The galaxy is an incredible backdrop over these beautiful pieces of art. The trick to this image was finding the location, for that I have to thank my good friends Jeff Morris and Slworking Kevin for their assistance in this process.

It was really an incredible experience to start by driving on a bumpy dirt road in complete and utter darkness, followed by looking up at two giant shadowed Dinosaurs staring you down. It was also creepy to a certain extent, because of how big the sculptures really were. Dinosaurs actually used to roam in this area many years ago. If you really think about it, these creatures were walking the earth long before light pollution, and they were able to live amongst these beautiful stars.

The photo was achieved by using a 30-second exposure for the sky while, light painting around the dinosaurs with my iPhone Flashlight. This was all done in one exposure. I cannot wait to get back out there and shoot some more of these intriguing sculptures.

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EXIF: 30SEC F/2.8 ISO6400
Canon6D, Rokinon 14mm

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