Racetrack – Death Valley
5 minute self portrait on a cold night under a nearly full moon out on the playa at the Devil’s Racetrack in Death Valley national park, California. I took two seperate 5 minute exposures with the Nikon 24mm tilt-shift lens to get the ‘square’ format. One upper, one lower. No tricky Photoshop needed.
I had my stopwatch going to measure the exposure but since I was afraid to move my arm and risk putting it back in a slightly different location I had to count in my head as best I could. When I got to 5 minutes in my head I took a peak at my watch, 4:57, and quickly ran back to the camera. Pretty good internal clock. I could have left the scene earlier, but some ghosting would have occurred as I was gone a greater percentage of the overall exposure, so I wanted to remain as close to the full 5 minutes as possible.
The Racetrack is better know for the ‘moving rock.’ Unfortunately, that section of the normally dry lake bed actually had some water, so I couldn’t go there as footprints last a long time out there…
Nice Cody! You look like a starfish 🙂
I can just imagine you counting the seconds, always a perfectionist 😉