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A fresh layer of flowers

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The creativity of local photographer Frank Cone never ceases to amaze. He shot this nighttime image — it’s actually a series of images — near Saddle Rock after the recent snowfall.

Here’s his description of how he pulled it off: “To create this image I set my camera on a tripod and engaged the interval timer so the camera would take a picture every 17 seconds with an exposure 15 seconds. Using a small flashlight and a wireframe roughly in the shape of a flower, as a guide I traced the wireframe with the flashlight. Every time the camera would expose, I moved and roughly traced the flower design. The flashlight leaves a trail on the exposure. A person moving in the exposure is virtually invisible to the camera. I tried not to overlap the light trail images too much. After taking several images, I loaded them into Photoshop. With each layer (picture) I only showed the area with a light flower using a mask, keeping the surrounding area untouched, giving the appearance of several light trails. If you look close you can see me ‘ghosted’ — that’s where I stayed motionless for the camera to capture a partial image. The camera was set at f8 with an ISO of 200.”

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