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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. My favorite of those pictures is also shown here, as well as the shot I finally got after waiting about an hour.

The final shot which I had envisioned on seeing this spot during the day, ended up being about an 8 minute exposure, and edited for extra "eerie-ness". I hope you like it!

Worm Hole

Sometimes everday life can show you something surreal.

  • November 28th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 105mm / f/8 / 1/2 sec

Planet Hodges

Lake Hodges in Escondido - the dry end.

  • November 28th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 24mm / f/8 / 482 sec

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