A little over two weeks ago, a large grass fire broke out in Santa Ynez, California. I was at school at the time, so I did not hear about it until the blaze was pretty large. As fire teams were diverted from the White Fire and this fire was contained, some information was revealed about its exact location and cause.
They later called it the Olive Fire, because it originated on Olive Street, the same street that my home lay on. Luckily, the winds that caused the power lines in the area to touch, short, and cause the fire kept the embers from creating any danger to any of the residences in the immediate area, including mine, which was less than a quarter of a mile away. I am thankful that nobody was hurt and that the 170 acres of damage was just to private land filled with dry grass. An article with details on the fire.
What I love about this area is that there is very little light pollution and the air is extremely clear. Since I had the time, tripod, and right conditions, I decided to do a little experiment with long exposures and astrophotography. I believe this shot is about a seven minute long exposure. The slow moving stars are now streaks and the moon lights the hillside. I want to do some more astrophotography before I head back to Los Angeles.
This past week has been exceptionally busy, what with my class finals and Live Oak Music Festival. I spent about five days camping out in the dry, dusty Live Oak Campground and working as a volunteer backstage during the various performances. It took up a lot of my time, so for the most part my goals as a volunteer trumped my goals as a photographer. That being said, I still think I walked away with some great shots. The fact that I was able to experiment with some new techniques in my free time was reward enough.
The community at this music festival is amazing and I am glad to be a part of it. For more information, visit their website.
Peace, Love, and Dirt.
I will be away from the internet and my computer until next week, and as such I must pause this project until I can get back. However, I will continue to take pictures during my time away. I will post a photo for each day I miss.