The last time I checked in on this blog was in February and my goal of this year was to at LEAST post once a month and I have not been following through.
To make up for lost time, here is a recent digital photography adventure that I had.
My friend, Daniel, is leaving to live in China to learn Mandarin and will be gone for a good part of a year! We have both been interested in getting better when it came to astrophotography and we both have never been to Anza Borrego which is located 2 hours outside of San Diego. So we picked out a day where there was a New Moon and made our way out.
Anza Borrego is a true Dark Sky community, so I was very excited to see how bright the stars were. Its also a hot spot for viewing these giant metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda , a local southern California artist. From giant Sea Serpents (stretching to 15 feet long and across a road) to turtles and grasshoppers, there is a sculpture for everyone. Back when I was in college I would alway see other students photographs of this place - so now years later I finally got to go! Daniel and I did research on which sculptures we wanted to find and made a plan to arrive a little before sunset. This article by Jim DeLillo was a big help for me on what to expect going out to a rural area and photographing the stars.
Arriving in the desert right before dinner time worked out perfectly, we drove around and picked out some easy sculptures to get to once everything was dark. We ate at a local food place and went to our first location. The photo on the left was taken by Daniel (Thanks again!)
I was really enthusiastic to see the Scorpion and the Grasshopper!
(entomology is cool!)
One part of this trip I enjoyed was seeing other photographers out there doing the same thing that Daniel and I were after. It was interesting to see everyone else set up and making small talk and hearing how far people have come to see this place.
Daniel bought these foam light up wands and he let me use one to try and spell out my initials.
You can check out Daniels work HERE