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adavies May 02, 2017
Love it! Really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Street Art and Graffiti challenge:)

Orbs on the Bunker

This one was a bit of a rush. The orb is about the size of me(5'9"), so as you can see I was not close to the ground. I could see for miles in either ...
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This one was a bit of a rush. The orb is about the size of me(5'9"), so as you can see I was not close to the ground. I could see for miles in either direction, it was pretty awesome I wish I brought my camera up there. Anyways here is the result of the night. Shot on A7R with Tamron 28-75mm @ 28mm
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo at a place called the Devil's Slide bunker. It's located in Pacifica, CA which is south of San Francisco.
This is a composite shot of 11:16 and 11:26 PM.
When we arrived, the clouds were fairly thick, but we didn't care much because we were excited to be there. After about an hour and half the clouds began to clear up a bit to give us some stars.
Sony A7R with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Manfrotto 055xpro3 Aluminum Tripod, Neewer shutter release. Olight Maverick flashlight to light paint in the graffiti/foreground, steel wool for the orb.
A friend on Facebook took a photo here on clear night and the structure intrigued me. He was ever so kind to tell me where to find it, I gathered a couple of friends and we head out with nothing exact in mind. At first we just took some long exposures light painting in various areas of the bunker, to get some base exposures. Then a friend figured out how to scale the side, go through a window and up stairs to another level which led to the roof. So I set up the camera, got my steel wool whisk ready, then made my way up there.
There was a bit of post processing as it is two images; one for the orb and another for the building and sky. I did generic slider tweaks(contrast,shadows,highlights,whites,blacks)in Lightroom. Then I dropped the orb exposure one stop so that when I use the lighten blend mode in Photoshop, the orb is the only thing that shows through. Final cleanup and touches are applied in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
Currently my InCase Action Camera Pro Pack contains: Cameras: Sony A7RII, GoPro Hero 4 Black Lenses:Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM, Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Accessories: Godox TT685S + X1T-S, Yongnuo RF-603II(x2), Formatt-Hitech 0.9 Soft-Grad ND + Holder Other: Fenix TK16 Flashlight, Batteries(Sony,GoPro,AA,AAA,18650), InCase accessory organizer(cable bag)
The first thing I want to say here is safety first! We are in a very bad drought here in California and there have been way too many fires lately. If you are going to play with steel wool or any pyrotechnics for that matter, come prepared. Bring lots of water and a fire extinguisher. Have people watching all areas that could possibly light up. Wait for 30 minutes after you are done to make sure nothing flares up. Other than that, the sky is the limit! (Anyone interested in learning how to light paint an orb, there are plenty of tutorials out there.)

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