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Steve Skinner

Steve Skinner



Amateur/hobbyist photographer. My day job is running a web development firm, but truth be told, I'd rather be out taking pictures. :-)
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon Rebel XTi
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
  • Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF)
  • Photoflex Softbox (small) for the smaller flashes
  • AlienBees 64" PLM with diffuser
  • AlienBees AB800 Strobe
  • Canon 540 EZ Flash
  • Canon 430 EX Flash
  • RadioPopper wireless triggers for all flashes (JRx studio units)

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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