It’s great to have friends to meet up with and share experiences with when we’re on the road! Especially when we all get to learn about photography from each other at the same time.
Last year one of my blog readers contacted me when it looked like we were coming his way and invited us to stay at his small RV park in Moapa, Nevada, which is how we ended up at the Valley of Fire. Don and Marsha Davis are wonderful hosts who are very generous in sharing the beautiful locations they have discovered in Nevada, and I’m so happy we have become friends. Check out Ray’s review of their RV park. If you’re planning on visiting the Valley of Fire, and you’re in an RV, this is a great spot for a home base for day trips.
We enjoyed it so much that this year we decided to go back and another great experience was waiting for us. Don had arranged for us to go on a night shoot at a nearby ghost town! Not only that, but we were meeting up with a friend of his, another photographer, who has recently been learning about light painting. Cool!
So off we went to a ghost town called Nelson, in El Dorado Canyon, about an hour away from Las Vegas. It was exciting to explore the ghost town looking for a good photo location and figuring out how we were going to light it. We settled on this abandoned gas station with a cool old car in the garage. We stayed in this one spot and played with different lights, shining them this way and that for hours! I have a lot to learn, but this is my best shot from the night.
This is a 30 second exposure, during which we all ran around shining lights on the building and the signs and there was also a flash with a green gel on it set inside the car.
I learned that light painting is as much about the shadows you create as it is about the light.
Now I can’t wait to go back to this place next year because there were a lot of different photo ops both for day and night shooting.