California Missions – a twist of fate and night photography for CMSA

Sorry for the re-posting of this article. Unfortunately, for some reason hackers decided this posting was necessary for their use. After changing all my security settings and completely redoing this site, a few still found their way in, so I was forced to delete this post and start again from scratch.
Again, I would like to extend a special thank you to David Bolton, California Mission Studies Association and Kim Johnston, Cultural Global Media for all their hard work in helping me obtain permissions to photograph and be on the properties at night.

I first started photographing the California Missions at night while attending city College of San Francisco back in the mid nineties utilizing the full moon as my natural light source.
I had only visited a couple of the Missions and found the night time visits peaceful and relaxing. They also brought me a special sentiment for these beautiful landmarks.
In the quiet of the night, one can sense the history, while seeing a unique vision of the various architecture. The night skies also permit a great opportunity to see the Missions in a truly Black and White view. Continue reading

Light Painted Night Photography – A Great Read

I’ve loved photographing at night ever since my first photography class in high school. Everything at night is so different than what we are accustomed to seeing in daylight.
The land/cityscape changes, the sounds are different, people and wildlife act different, even the smells are different. The night offers a sense of tranquility often sought in the creative mindset. It’s a great world to be out and about in with a camera.
Every photography class I ever took offered at least one lesson in night photography and light painting. Even though I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to get out at night, I never really enjoyed the light painting part of the course. Somehow I couldn’t see how polluting a scene with light was enhancing what I could see in the dark.
A few years back I saw some light paintings from the rural desert region where I now reside and decided to search the web for more examples.
One of the first sites I came across was “Lost America” by Troy Paiva and I have been completely captivated with his work and light painting ever since. For the first time instead of seeing harsh light corrupting my sacred darkness I was seeing this form of work as an art, much like looking at how a person would paint or draw a picture. Continue reading