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Mom, I don't text and drive

(Paul's Junkyard, California) - This late-model Chevrolet Impala was involved in a high-speed rollover accident. I hit the interior with a red-gelled strobe. Some of the same on the outside of the shattered windshield too.


This photo was taken at a workshop taught by Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer. I've been to several of these workshops (almost the only photo workshops I've ever taken; I've been to one other) - and I still learn lots. I've been told that I've graduated. That may be true, but I keep coming back for the fun of it all.


Light painting at night is truly an art. You can walk around and paint the subject with a combination of natural light (full moon light) and artificial light (color gels, strobes and flashlights). There is so much you can do to create a unique image. And it is hard to get it right especially if you try to create really complicated lighting. It takes practice. Lots of practice. Over three days you spend 24 hours in an amazing junkyard. And that is not even 10% of what you need to get good or fully exhaust the potential of this yard; a cornucopia of junk of different kinds. You have movie props, old helicopters, car walls, destroyed cars, fire engines, piles of twisted metal, taxi and cop cars and a earth mover. And lots of more. I think there are lots of things I have not seen yet despite spending 48 hours in there (including time for scouting during the day).


To me crawling (yes, I get real dusty), chilling and hanging around and about in junkyards during the full-moon is an amazing experience. It is refreshing as it is so far from the cookie cutter life-style in comfortable modern cities.


Troy and Joe have different styles for composing, lighting and post processing so you learn a lot. They have a fascinating dynamic which never ceases to entertain or enlighten.

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Taken on September 12, 2011