Knapp's Castle, Electrified

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This is a great spot in the mountains above Santa Barbara. It was a mansion, built in the nineteen-teens. After it burned down in the 1940 Paradise Canyon fire, the property was opened up to public use (though it remains privately owned).

Note [12/06]: Just got this printed at 10"x15", and I was impressed... this turned out to be one of the sharpest night shots I've taken with the 11-18mm. Sweet!

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  1. ZLamperti 57 months ago | reply

    Wow, great idea!! (seen on DPS)

  2. Amith Nag 55 months ago | reply

    Saw this on DPS - amazing shot!

  3. Olemik 55 months ago | reply

    Absolutely awesome - I loove the deep color of the sky, and of course the wicked light trails.

    Seen in a discussion of the group "After Dark - Night Photography" (?)

  4. Shanti - Peace Through Lens 54 months ago | reply

    This is terrific... wow !

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  5. ebamo 53 months ago | reply

    impressive!! wow!...what has created the ligt motion between the ruins?
    brilliant ! congrats.

  6. cyclelove 53 months ago | reply


    Looks like a still from a sci-fi movie!

  7. John Dunne Photography (JdP) 51 months ago | reply

    Just saw this offer at DPS, super super night shot. Well done.

  8. SheldonPhotography 47 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr's Best (Invitation Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. J. G. Coleman 45 months ago | reply

    Wow... what an impressive photograph! Really unique take on an already superb long-exposure... truly amazing shot!

  10. Victoria Kovios 45 months ago | reply

    this is an awesome picture!!
    how did you create the light circling the structure?! ive started to do long exposure times and i am very interested in this

  11. Toby Keller / Burnblue 45 months ago | reply

    Thanks, J.G. & Victoria!

    @Victoria: the light traces were made by an LED headlamp pointed back at the camera as I walked around the structure.

  12. anguis_fragilis 45 months ago | reply

    Very inspiring indeed. I just have to try something like that. I suppose I'll need a bluish flash light in order to get it look a bit electric.

  13. Kevin Jungnitsch 44 months ago | reply

    Go Nikon D70! Stunning Shot

  14. les yeux heureux 44 months ago | reply

    Great light - natural and added. The location really sets this too. Nice!

  15. BokehBokehBokeh 32 months ago | reply

    How did you do this? Can you please explain it to me please?

  16. Jeremy Bryner 28 months ago | reply

    Inspiration man!!! just pure beauty.

  17. Juank Paredes 25 months ago | reply

    Wow! How long after sunset did you take this shot?

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