Canyon Whispers

November 19, 2009

It hasn’t been out of neglect that it’s been so long I’ve been able to post new images or stories – I simply haven’t gotten the chance to get out and photograph! Fortunately last weekend I was finally able to get away, and met up with friend and photographer Guy Tal in Zion National Park to catch the last breath of autumn. On Saturday we started out in a seldom visited portion of the Kolobs region, where most of the trees had already lost their coat of leaves, leaving them dancing like ghosts in their deep hall of sandstone. Aside from the welcome chirps of the canyon birds, we had the silent place to ourselves; a very refreshing change from Pasadena for sure.


“Canyon Whispers” ~ Zion National Park, UT
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 200, f/14, 1.3 sec

After refueling at Oscars (prime destination for delicious sweet potato fries, and more), we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the high country – the eastern side of the park (read: away from the tourists) – in search of elusive maple leaves, wispy trees, and intimate sand/stone-scapes. The forecast for snow came through, almost, and we were treated to a light shower of gropple – a schizophrenic mix of snow and hail. The storm was the trailing edge of earlier rains that had created some marvelous mud patterns.. everywhere we stepped, there was something to see. Nearby maple trees graciously supplied some brilliantly crimson leaves, which seemed to fall in just the perfect places, every time without fail, it was uncanny!


“Maple Designs” ~ Zion NP, UT
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod, polarizer
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 0.6 sec

Most photographers, and leaf peepers I suppose, try to time their visits for fall color viewing to “peak color”. I, however, found the dwindling leaves which exposed the expressive trees’ form to be a much more evocative sight. The twisted forms of the gray/blue scrub oaks and maples came into view behind their veils of color.


“Confetti” ~ Zion NP, UT
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 70-200mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/14, 1/6th sec
Notes: You can see a much larger version here, for maximal details!

Finally, we decided it was time to move on up the canyon to see some hidden petroglyphs carved in the smooth sandstone. A few larger trees populated the drainage, among them several ponderosa pines. I was fascinated by all the shades of red – all we seem to have here in Pasadena is shades of gray and brown – so when this scene, anchored by the stately pine emerging from ghostly maple forms, set against a smooth sandstone studio quality backdrop, I knew just what to do!


“Red” ~ Zion NP, UT
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 2 sec

We finished off the day with some fine beers and scotch around a crackling fire. And that was just day one! The following morning Guy had to take off, but I spent another two days exploring more of the park, which I’ll be sure to share with you soon.. less chaotic wispy trees, and more simple sandstone forms. One teaser: it was mid November… there were icicles on the canyon walls… and I jumped into several pools of emerald waters, camera in hand! Yes, I’m completely serious.


Exciting News!

October 23, 2009

It’s been quite a while since I last updated – so sorry! The last few weeks have been incredibly busy, with all sorts of exciting things going on. First, I launched my new website, which you should take a look at if you haven’t already: Art in Nature Photography.

Second in exciting news is the announcement of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, where I was fortunate to have three of my images selected: “Life Among Giants” recieved runner-up in ‘Animals in their Environment’, “Frozen Paradise” was highly commended in ‘Wild Places’, and “The Spring Explosion” was highly commended in ‘In Praise of Plants’. You can see the full collection of winning images here: BBC Awards.

This competition is one of the most prestigious in nature photography, and this year they received 143,135 entries from 94 countries. I imagine it’s quite challenging to pick through all those photos! Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited about this. I’m currently in London, having just attended the magnificent awards ceremony next to the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum. The display is fantastic, and if you happen to be in London between now and next April, I highly recommend you see the exhibit. It is their single most popular annual exhibition (for good reason!).

Before leaving on my trip to London I did have a chance to go on a quick trip before the fall season was over, and headed up to Lake Tahoe to see the marvelous wonder of spawning Kokanee Salmon. These landlocked salmon are not native to California, but were introduced to Lake Tahoe in the 1940’s, and have flourished since. Every October 10’s of thousands of these beautiful fish make their way up Taylor Creek to spawn. The river is literally full of fish, it’s quite the spectacle!


“Salmon Spawning” ~ Lake Tahoe, California
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, polarizer, tripod
I don’t currently have access to the technical details

Unfortunately I am too busy to write up stories about the other images from the trip, though there isn’t much to tell. This year the aspens’ fall color all over the western US has been somewhat disappointing, though I had a chance to try a few creative experiments, which you can see on my website: recent photos.

Lastly I will be having a series of 7 images on display at the Brewed Awakening Cafe in Berkeley, CA throughout Nov and Dec. There is no official opening, but if you happen to be in the area during that time, please stop by and check it out! The coffee + pastries are great too! More details on my website: Show at Brewed Awakening.


A Granite Paradise

September 24, 2009

The thought of “paradise” usually conjures up warm sunny beaches, palm trees, lush green waterfalls, and tropical birds. But there is a certain beauty and purity that I find in the barren Sierra alpine zone that moves me more than the typical vacation destination. For me, the ability to see for miles and miles over empty rock piles, rugged peaks, and cold blue lakes brings with it a calming sense of freedom, awe, and inspiration. And yet I’ve found that capturing that depth with a two dimensional photograph is exceptionally challenging. Most mountain images I’ve seen and taken all “stop” at the mountains – be it a classic pointy peak, or a rugged range. When I think of the High Sierra, I think of miles of explorable terrain. Sitting on a cool chunk of granite I could spend hours roaming the landscape with my eyes, but the truly exciting part, is that I could (and do) then actually walk there (ok, perhaps scramble and climb sometimes).

This past weekend friend and photographer Steve Sieren and I made a quick trip up to the Sierra highcountry to experience, and photograph, just that. I wish we could have stayed for a week, but alas, one night was all we had. Before starting our trek we spent some time exploring the early signs of fall color near North Lake and Bishop Canyon, which has started at higher elevations (10,000 feet).


“Autumnal Grace” ~ Eastern Sierra, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod, ford explorer, headlamp
Exposure: iso 400, f/8, 25 sec
Notes: While the lighting may appear relatively natural, this was taken around midnight, using the high beams on my car (parked a hundred yards away), and a headlamp to ‘paint’ light on the tree. The distant and low angle of the car headlamps provided a uniform light, not unlike low angle sunlight. Meanwhile I used the headlamp to supplement the primary light to highlight certain portions of the tree, and provide some fill light to even out the shadows that I wanted to.


“Autumn Dancer” ~ Eastern Sierra, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 1.3 sec

Saturday morning we parked at the trailhead at 7,400 feet and started the long trek up into the barren high country of the John Muir Wilderness. On our way up several hikers coming down asked as, “you know how bad this trail is, right?”, “do you know what the word eternity means?” After 3 hours of non-stop switchbacks, we were finally over the first hump. Fortunately some clouds were brewing, meaning that we weren’t subjected to the hot Owen’s Valley sun all the way up. After passing two more lakes we left the trail and climbed the last 1,500 feet off trail over rough talus fields, until finally we arrived at our destination: the Royce Lakes Basin at 11,700 feet. What an incredible place! The giant blue lakes are surrounded by some of the most picturesque peaks in the Sierras, and an endless expanse of granite talus fields; alpine beauty at its finest. We set up camp and headed off to find spots to photograph at sunset. Mine involved another 700 foot climb, to just under where Feather Peak became worthy of some technical gear. On the steep granite slabs a plethora of water stains provided one of the most exciting mountain foregrounds I’ve ever had the opportunity to use. Meanwhile clouds were dancing over the two peaks, catching slowly evolving evening light. It wasn’t, however, until after sunset and the formation of the brilliant pink Earth Shadow, that the scene crystallized in my mind as one of the most beautiful mountain sights I’ve witnessed. If you look carefully, you can see the White Mountains (across Owen’s Valley to the East) between the two peaks and under the white cloud bank, 40 miles away as the Ptarmigan flies (there weren’t any crows around).


“Granite Paradise” ~ John Muir Wilderness, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, 3-stop soft GND, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/13, 4 sec

The following morning we turned our eyes to the spectacular Merriam Peak, surely the granite diamond of the Sierras. The crystal clear skies and calm waters made for a memorable High Sierra morning. On the way back to the tent, a pair of Ptarmigans proved to be cooperative. There’s really nothing alive up there, other than some faded patches of grass, a few fish, and those birds. A rough life, but I can’t blame them for sticking it out up there – what more beautiful place to call home?!


“Sierra Diamond” ~ John Muir Wilderness, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, 3-stop soft GND, tripod
Exposure: iso 200, f/14, 8 sec


“Ptarmigan” ~ John Muir Wilderness, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 70-200mm, handheld
Exposure: iso 400, f/4, 1/400th sec


Death & Destruction

September 17, 2009

This past weekend I had the opportunity to explore the wreckage left behind by the raging Station Fire near Pasadena, mentioned in my previous posting. It was an incredible wasteland, depressing, yet somehow, from an artistic point of view, inspiring. It’s been several weeks now since an arsonist started the fire on August 26th. Now over 150,000 acres have burned, 80+ homes have been lost, 2 firefighters killed, and it’s cost over $88 million to fight. It’s still going. (91% contained). They’re offering a $150,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the arsonist.

Everything is seared, dead, black, brown, and depressing. The forest remains smelled like a barbecue while I walked through 6+ inches of ash. During the course of the day I did see a few birds, which while heartening, was at the same time heartbreaking. An Anna’s Hummingbird came and inspected my red hat, twice; he didn’t look to be in very good shape, and there certainly weren’t any flowers around. It’s unlikely he, nor many of the escapees, will find enough food to survive. On my way home I heard some owls hooting and the crickets chirping.. in time, life will return.

While the fire danger is finally under control, the next worry on the plate is the mudslides. Without all that vegetation to hold the soil together anymore, when the winter rains finally come the mountains will fall apart, taking down all those homes the firefighters worked so hard to save. Those same rains, however, will also mark the beginning of the regrowth of the devastated lands. Wild fires are the way of life in Southern California’s chaparral landscapes. But, the fire management of the past decades has disrupted the natural cycle, allowing years of plant matter to build up until it all went up in flames at once. It will be interesting to see how the landscape heals; I plan to follow the progress as closely as I can.


“Choking on Ash” ~ San Gabriels, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-353mm, tripod, SinghRay Vari ND filter, a handful of ash
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 5 sec
Notes: I used the Vari ND filter to achieve a 5 sec exposure, during which I through a handful of ash into the scene to get across the choking and sickly feeling.


“Tortured Remains” ~ San Gabriels, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-353mm, tripod, SinghRay Vari ND filter, a handful of ash
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 15 sec
Notes: I used the Vari ND filter to achieve a 15 sec exposure, during which I through a handful of ash into the scene to get across the choking and sickly feeling.


“Beauty that Was” ~ San Gabriels, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-353mm, tripod, 2-stop hard GND
Exposure: iso 200, f/14, 0.5 sec


“There Be Witches” ~ San Gabriels, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-150mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 200, f/16, 30 sec


Surviving the Fires

September 7, 2009

For those of you who live under a rock, this may be news to you, but over the past week we’ve lost over 150,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest to a brush fire (arson). A week ago you could see flames roaring through the night a few miles up the hill from my house, and the air was certainly not pleasant to breath. You could see the pyrocumulus clouds from across the county in Long Beach! The firefighters have done a tremendous job in keeping the fire from claiming too many homes, as well as saving critical communications towers on Mt. Wilson – thank you to all who have helped!


“Station Fire” ~ Station Fire, Angeles National Forest
Taken from the 9th floor of the Caltech Library
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 500mm +1.4x tc, tripod
Exposure: iso 1600, f/5.6, 8 sec
Processing: 3 exposure panorama stitched with PTGui

We were fortunate that the Santa Ana Winds were not blowing, otherwise it would have been even more disastrous. It is, however, important to remember that Southern California’s ecosystem has evolved around wild fires. Many of the native plants require fires to reproduce. By artificially controlling them and preventing the fires from burning naturally on a regular basis we endanger some native plants, as well as creating a huge stockpile of dry fuel. When a fire finally does get started that unburned fuel leads to a much more devastating burn than would occur if there were regular but smaller burns. It’s a complicated balance that we clearly still don’t have right. In any case, there’s always upsides to large fires, so I’ll do my best to share some of those! All that ash in the air provided us with some wonderful sunsets along the coast, which was a refreshing change of temperature and air quality from downtown Pasadena last weekend. If we’re lucky the following two years will prove to be good years for all those wildflowers that have been waiting patiently for decades to finally get a chance to germinate.


“Tides of Color” ~ Laguna Beach, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, tripod
Exposure 1: iso 100, f/16, 8 sec
Exposure 2: iso 200, f/16, 2 sec
Processing: I used two exposures to blend for dynamic range, and a third exposure to help control the water flow on the left side of the image.


“Secrets of the Sea” ~ Laguna Beach, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, tripod
Exposure: iso 400, f/18, 20 sec

The following evening I returned to the beach, to breath some fresh air again, and to meet up with Steve Sieren and Eric Good. The extremely high tides and clear skies made photography more difficult, but exciting at the same time. Eric showed us this spot dubbed “The Pit of Death,” as one a separate occasion he saw an unfortunate photographer get taken by surprise and lose his whole bag of equipment to the “Pit”. Steve managed to lose something too…


“Fishing the Pit of Death” ~ Laguna Beach, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, tripod
Exposure: iso 400, f/14, 2 sec
Processing: Double processed raw file for highlights and shadows, and I brought some detail back into the right portion of the sky with a second, shorter exposure.

And on a completely unrelated note, I’ll share some images from this weekend – a return trip to Vasquez Rocks. The diversity of subjects is just wonderful! I’ve been enjoying some explorations in slightly different subjects and compositions than typical, I hope you like the results.


“Gin Stars” ~ Vasquez Rocks, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 70-200mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 200, f/16, 1/30th
Notes: This is intentionally processed dark to bring out the Juniper berries, and to call on the metaphor of them looking like stars. The flavor in Gin comes from Juniper berries, hence the title.


“Conference of Corvids” ~ Vasquez Rocks, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/14, 1/20th


“Twisted” ~ Vasquez Rocks, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 200, f/14, 1/60th


“In Opposition” ~ Vasquez Rocks, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/14, 1/8th


Vulcan Light

August 27, 2009

Every time I make a trip to the Eastern Sierra or Death Valley, I drive past this place, and every time I think to myself how incredibly bizarre the rocks are… well, I finally made a trip out to Planet Vulcan to go exploring. To us Earthlings it’s known as the Vasquez Rocks County Park, and it’s a favorite locale for Hollywood movie directors to shoot their alien scenes. I knew the large rock formations would have a lot of potential, but was pleasantly surprised by the depth and diversity of possibilities I found when a friend and I started looking further. Things are getting busy, and there wasn’t a whole lot of adventure involved here (just great times exploring!), so beyond a few announcements I’ll leave the pictures to speak for themselves. Thanks all for your kind words on my previous trip!

First, I want to thank those of you who managed to come out and see my show this past weekend, great meeting you! Unfortunately due to some rather poor planning, the show had to get canceled before the second weekend could happen (something about the building being demolished… which sort of made it hard to have an art show inside it, from a liability stand point).

Next, I’d like to announce a potential workshop I may lead this winter/spring. As many of you know, I love photographing in the twilight hour (see image below). The digital age has made things possible that one could never do with film (at least, not without a lot of tedious tricks). Since it’s a rather involved process that many people have expressed interest in, I am considering offering a workshop with fellow photographer Steve Sieren, who also has a passion for night photography and light painting. The details are still in the works, but the focus will be on teaching the art of night photography, including topics such as star trails, static stars, and light painting. We will cover everything from visualization through to field techniques, and on to processing. In addition to the technical aspects of night photography, we will discuss the more creative side of photography in general, to stimulate learning, experimentation, maximizing potential under any conditions, and the development of a personal style. The workshop will take place in Joshua Tree National Park, which has no shortage of otherworldly subjects, which combined with the dark skies and relative accessibility make this the perfect place for a weekend workshop on night photography. Tentative dates are in Jan/Feb. If you are interested in such a workshop, please let me know! Details to follow in the coming weeks.


“Vulcan Light” ~ Vasquez Rocks County Park, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-335mm mkII, tripod
Exposure 1 – foreground: iso 400 f/16, 30 sec (exposure reduced in ACR significantly)
Exposure 2 – sky no stars, 10 min later: iso 400, f/16, 30 sec
Exposure 3 – stars, another 40 min later: iso 1600, f/2.8, 30 sec
Notes: This is best viewed large, in a dark room, otherwise your monitor may not be able to compete with the ambient light in the darker portions of the image.
Processing: See my star trails tutorial. Or contact me about the workshop mentioned above!


“Petrified Pollock” ~ Vasquez Rocks County Park, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure (same for all panels): iso 100, f/16, 0.4 sec


“Engulfed in Flames” ~ Vasquez Rocks County Park, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 70-200mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 1/50th


“Peach Pillows” ~ Vasquez Rocks County Park, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 1/4th sec
Processing: I used a fair bit of saturation here, and a modified method of the orton effect to soften the highlights and enhance the soft cozy look of these forms.


Rocky Colorado

August 17, 2009

For those of you in the LA/Pasadena area, you’ll be excited to hear that I’m showing 10 pieces in an upcoming Art show in Pasadena featuring 30 artists (local and international). Below are some details, if you can make it out let me know – I’ll be around!


Show! Opening Reception:
Friday, August 21st, 6:30-11pm

Dates: August 21,22,28 & 29
Time: 6:30pm – 11pm

Location:
32 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Alright, now on to some images… Finally! It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m glad so many of you enjoyed it – I really appreciate your kind comments. Given my lack of time this will be a rather brief post, but the images are always the most important part – and there’s plenty of those. Earlier this week I returned from a trip to Colorado, which was mostly for my ‘day job’, but I did squeeze in a few days to play in the mountains. Originally I had planned to do a 2-3 night backpack trip with Colorado friend and photographer Aleksandra Miesak, but due to unfortunate circumstances (ie. her twisted ankle), that didn’t quite work out. But, we still managed to have a fantastic time, and a productive one at that. The first evening we drove up to the summit of Mt. Evans – 14,264 ft high – yes, you can drive up to the top of a 14’er! On the way up we encountered a group of playful and cooperative mountain goats. The low angled sun and availability of dark backgrounds made it possible to try something inspired by one of my favorite wildlife photographers, Miguel Lasa.


“Running from the Dark” ~ Mountain Goats, Mt Evans, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, handheld
Exposure: iso 100, f/10, 1/400th sec
Notes: I purposefully underexposed the images from this series, and then in processing brought the exposure down even further, in addition to a significant boost in contrast. Since they were moving rather quickly, to get the right composition I had to stitch this image with another taken later in the sequence to add a little space on the right for balance.

Once the sun sank below the cliffs, we moved on to the summit. Incredible view from up there, yet none of the wide angle scenes completely caught my fancy. I ended up with these two images taken, again, with my telephoto. I believe you’ll see many of the images I brought home have a slightly different style than my last several posts. Perhaps it was Colorado, perhaps something else? Who knows. In any case, I hope you like the variations and experiments – let me know!


“Stone Spirit” ~ American Crow, Mt Evans, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, handheld
Exposure: iso 800, f/6.3, 1/1600


“Cradle the Moon” ~ From Mt. Evans, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, handheld
Exposure: iso 800, f/11, 1/1000
Notes: yes, I should have remember to stop down from iso 800, I could have shot this at iso 200 1/250th with less noise, oh well.

The following day I headed out to the Rawah Wilderness for a one night backpacking trip. It was great to spend some time in the Rockies, as I had never been there before. I find every mountain range has its own character, and the Rockies are certainly different from the Sierras. Once above tree line the peaks just roll from one to the next with surprisingly smooth and green transitions; very different from the rugged rock pile peaks of the Sierras you saw in my previous posts this summer. Anyways, after arriving at Island Lake I took a trip around most of the lake to do some scouting, and in addition to finding a lovely spot I returned to for sunrise, I ran into this cute little Pika.


“Pika(boo)” ~ Pika, Rawah Wilderness, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 100-400mm, handheld
Exposure: iso 800, f/5.6, 1/160
Processing: Double processed raw file to bring out the shadows and tame the highlights of the granite.


“Peace in Rawah” ~ Rawah Wilderness, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, tripod, 2-stop hard GND
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 3.2 sec
Processing/Notes: With all the beautiful mountain sunrise/sunset images that get taken every day, it’s hard to make such a scene your own (even if it’s 8 miles from a remote trailhead in a seldom imaged wilderness). So, I like to have a little fun with such ‘classic’ scenes. In this instance I combined a little luck (ie. clouds) with some creativity both in compositional selection (I was particularly drawn to the diversity and balance of the foreground stones) with a few other things.. On the way over from my nearby camp I ran across this beautifully twisted log. It was loose, so I figured I’d bring it along in case I could use it in my comp – I think it added a further dimension to the image. As the sun slowly rose, the clouds peaked in their color and form a few minutes before the alpen glow hit the peaks. I took an exposure for the sky then, and another when the peaks began to glow. In processing I carefully balanced the two to where I found it looked natural, but with much more color and depth than either exposure would have given me. Had I not mentioned these two points, I doubt anyone would have called me on it, but I figured I’d share to promote honesty, discussion, and learning. Whether such creative latitude is for you or not, you can decide yourself, I personally find it allows much more opportunity for unique expression, and ends up being more fun for me. In the end, this was not all that far off from any single moment that happened, so I still believe it is an honest representation of the scene and experience.


“Alpine Rocket” ~ Rawah Wilderness, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/13, 1/8th sec

The following morning we made a brief trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, leaving home at 3am to drive into the Rockies and hike 3 miles to Helene Lake before sunrise. We made it, just in time. Due to the light winds the reflection in the lake wasn’t particularly glassy, so I explored the area (hastily, as the sun was rising quickly!). These wind battered and tortured trees caught my interest, and lit up like gold in the early morning light.


“Naked in the Sun” ~ Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 16-35mm mkII, 2-stop hard GND, polarizer, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/14, 1.6 sec
Processing: I used a variety of exposures, one with the grad filter, another without and the same settings, another with drastically reduced exposure, and a fourth using my hat to block some of the flare. By combining them all in photoshop I was able to control the dynamic range as well as the flare, all with minimal suffering from motion artifacts in the moving trees.

And lastly, I’ll leave you an image taken on a day hike in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness.


“Stony Valentine” ~ Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, CO
The Tech: Canon 5D2, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/20, 1.3 sec