Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lost America - Night Photography of the Abandoned West (by Troy Paiva)

I've always been fascinated with great night photographs.  Keep in mind the word "great", because mediocre night photography is just that....mediocre in quality, boring in presentation, and not inspiring to look at.  I've seen some night photography books where I was left wondering, "Is this the best they could do?", when I was done reading them.  Not worth the time...

However, keeping in line with the word "great", you have to check out Troy Paiva's "Lost America" web site at this link.  Wow!  I don't need to tell you his night photography work is great....check it out for yourself!

In addition to looking at the galleries, I would strongly encourage you to take the time to read the content of Troy's web site as well.  He goes to great length to explain his techniques and how he got to where he is today with his work, which indeed seems to be a life passion.  He also tells a story behind some of the pictures. 

When you first view these photos it's tempting to quickly think that Troy simply Photoshopped his vivid colors, but that's not the case.  These are true long exposure night photos which Troy enhanced with various hand held light painting and flash photography techniques.  His control of light is terrific.

Enjoy this site!  I was lost in it for hours...

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