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Castles Made Of Sand | by mikeSF_
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Castles Made Of Sand

From early this morning at Mono Lake, Miguel and I did some light painting at these sand tufas under a moonless sky. Oh yes, and it was 32 degrees F by 2 am, so you can imagine what the experience was like, lol.


It isn't really a sand castle, these intricate and very delicate sand tufas formed naturally while submerged under Mono Lake and are unearthed when the wind blows the loose sand away. There are numerous sand tufas still buried, waiting to reveal their beauty.


With no extraneous light except for the milky way, I used my cell phone screen to bathe this structure in red and blue colored light. With more than one photographer working the same spot, it can be tricky coordinating light painting so as not to spoil the other person's exposure. We pretty much got into a rhythm of taking turns and calling out "I'm open" and "closed".


Lens was the DFA 25mm f/4 on the 645Z.


I hope you like it!

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Taken on September 15, 2017