Shafer Trail driven at night
This was a nerve wrecking photo to take. First off, I had to suspend my Camera over a cliff with bungee chords to get the angle. I never felt 100% sure it would hold up. Then I left it there for about 20 minutes while I drove the trail to light it up with my headlights. As I drove I reconsidered this move, since someone could walk past and hear the shutter going off every 30 seconds, goodbye camera, lens, and tripod. Driving the trail at night is a little scary as well. It's a shelf road with no railing, and many horseshoe curves to stare out over the abyss at. After shooting the headlight shots, I took 8 more at a brighter exposure, noise stacked, to get the rest of the scene at a proper brightness. I ended up blending the brighter shots with the darker exposures to get a more natural underexposed look, while still showing some detail in the shadows. Lastly, I pointed the camera up a bit to expose the stars, and left it shooting until the battery died 100 minutes later. 30s f5.0 250 ISO mixed with 25s f5.0 2500 ISO foreground, 30s f4.0 1000 ISO sky.