Lake Hodges Night Shoot

Published November 29th, 2012

Recently I was mountain biking with a friend at Lake Hodges. As we approached the pedestrian bridge that crosses the usually dry or very shallow east end of the lake, I noticed this scene which looked sort of interesting. I knew then that I would be back to shoot an eerie night photo from this spot. I just didn't expect for it to be so soon. The conditions happened to come together perfect just days after our ride; a full moon with fast moving low clouds. In other words, a pretty ideal situation for night time long exposures.

Night exposures can sometimes be a bit of a waiting game. When I arrived on site with my camera on the tripod, clouds were entirely obscuring the full moon. Looking off to the west, I could see a line where the clouds break up but I had no idea how long it would take for that part of they sky to get to me, or if it would at all. To kill some time, I started shooting pictures of the partially visible moon at times when small breaks in the cloud cover would allow ...

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