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CRAIG BILL

Moonland

TP3577

Experimental fusion of long exposure still shot & moving camera shot

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One of the most intriguing landscapes I’ve visited is the “Race Track” deep inside Death Valley National Park. This is the place that rocks mysteriously move along the ground. While almost always dry, its unusually flat surface is covered with small but firm hexagonal clay or mud crack polygons. Most people who make this primitive road trip go to see the rocks with trials stretched out behind them - eluding to the never-captured-on-video movement, yet.

The road here is almost thirty miles of rough rocks and wash areas after the paved one ends. I do like how difficult it is to get here, but wow its rough and beautifully desolate!

For me, I wanted to immerse myself into an all night shooting spree to show this weird expanse of mysterious desert in a different way. “Moonland” incorporated a fusion of exposures to capture the still image (with an LED lighted tent) and an experimental camera movement during shutter release to create the moon-trail. A moving exposure and a still exposure fused together. When I look at this photograph it accurately captures the still, cool, immense and super quiet place as I experienced it standing there in the middle of nowhere - bathed in shifting moonlight.

Death Valley National Park, California USA

Limited Editions 25

Artist Proofs 2

Winner - Shoot The Frame STF November 2018, Exhibition - Indian Photography Festival 2019
World's Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2019 GOLD Award
Tokyo Int'l Foto Awards TIFA 2019/2020 Silver Panoramic Award
Hallmark Channel Feature Dream House TV Series 2020
One Eyeland Photograph of the Day April 23, 2019
I Shot It Mark of Excellence Award 2018
OneEyeLand Int'l Awards 2018 Bronze Award
ePHOTOzine Readers Choice Award, Guest Editors Award
FAPA 2019 3rd Place Winner in Panoramic

EPSON Int'l Panoramic Awards 2019 Bronze Award
Neutral Density Int'l Awards 2019 Honorable Mention
IPA Int'l Photography Awards 2019 Honorable Mention
The Motif Collective 2019 Shortlist Finalist February
Skylum Travel Adventure Photography Contest 2019 Featured Contest Image
Master Photographers International MPI IIC 2019 Prestige Award
BetterPhoto International Photo Contests 2019 Top Finalist March
Anual Photography Awards APA 2019 Honorable Mention
WPE Europe Awards 2020 Silver Awarded
 

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