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Bodie's Standard Mill | by Jeffrey Sullivan
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Bodie's Standard Mill

This is a lighting variation on a composition that I captured in late May. Using a brighter white LED light paints the Standard mill with a more cool, blue-toned light resulting in a bluish-gray tone to the buildings, and the brighter light on the buildings helps them stand out while making the sky seem darker. The brighter light however was harder to control, as it required just a quick "flash-and-pan" motion to quickly and evenly light the structures without blowing out the night sky exposure.


Of course we could take two exposures, one for the night sky and another for the buildings, but you'd still need multiple exposures and tries to get the buildings right, and you're just creating more work on the post-processing end of your workflow. Personally, I prefer the photography side of digital workflow, catching it all in one exposure whenever practical.


January 2015 update -


Our 2015 night photography workshops at Bodie are open for registration if you want to come play with lights and cameras in an authentic Wild West ghost town!

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Taken on May 25, 2014