18 Degrees at Midnight

I shot this in Bodie, Ca, October of 2012 at midnight just before a huge snow storm hit. It was freezing cold, and I could barely feel my hands let alone the camera controls. It was almost pitch black to the naked eye, so I had to focus with a flashlight, and rough guess the composition. Once I tested with a short exposure, I then fired the shot you see here. I waited in my truck with the heater running while the shutter was open (about 35 minutes) careful not to step on the brake, or create any stray light that would appear in the final image.

I wanted something different than most shooters wind up with when they go up there, so I decided to create my own lighting in the middle of the night with the moon at my left.

Just as I was leaving, it started to snow, so I had to get out of there quick so I didn’t get stuck in the snow. I drove all the way back to Carson City (in a snow storm), and slept in the truck in a Casino parking lot

The light coming from inside the building was created by placing a single yellow gelled strobe just inside the door and pointed at the ceiling. The strobe was triggered remotely several times while I sat in my truck. The light on the left side exterior of the building is all moon light. This image is right out of the camera with minor adjustments done in Lightroom.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, 1773 seconds (29.5 minutes) at f5.6, ISO 100
All processing done in Lightroom

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

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