Light painting has been around for a long time but with the advent of digital photography the process has gained in popularity. Had an electronic flash been used on this shot, the light would have spilled all over the place. By simply opening the shutter for a long period, in this case 25 seconds, that time allowed for "painting" the structure with light from a fairly powerful LED flashlight and giving it a more surreal look. Plus the fact that the Big Dipper is directly over the tower adds to the beauty of the shot.
February 24, 2014 at 11:03pm, 24° 15mph wind, Nikon D4, 17mm ISO 800 for 20secs at f4.5
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