Reaching for the Stars
This was a "hit and run" shot. I set the camera for a 10 second delay, pressed the shutter, and then ran as far as I could get in 10 seconds and lightpainted with my spotlight for the full 30 second exposure. By getting farther away, as was able to get nice even lighting, and also paint from the side a bit to get some deep shadows in the image.
Last night I went to the Little City of Rocks near Gooding, Idaho with Chuck Knowles and Robert Gifford. They were both interested in getting out and giving a try at some star shots, light painting, and star trails. We picked a night with the half moon so that we could take 15 to 30 minute star trails and have the landscape lit up by the moonlight. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy for the first few hours, so we resorted to star field shots; either at high ISO to let the moon light-up the rocks, or using a spot light and then keeping a lower ISO.