|"Vermilya-Boener" - a limestone Italian Villa style house built north of Lawrence in 1868 ~ © Mike Cooper|
(Click to enlarge and read more info, including light painting details.)
|W. S. Kelly Gas Station|
Above photo taken with the Sony A350. Exposed for 74 seconds. Light painting with red, blue
and purple gelled flashlight; sodium vapor lighting to the right side of the building. One of Mike's
earliest night photos, before his focus was on rural Kansas. Abandon station is located in Cogar, Oklahoma.
|"District 34" - The one-room, Bichet School, built in 1896 ~ © Mike Cooper|
A 182 second exposure with the Sony A560, using a blue gelled flashlight.
This is a good example of Mike's "Bright" night photography style.
|"The Drunkards' Masterpiece" - Stone house in the Flint Hills of Kansas (built circa 1840) ~ © Mike Cooper|
The story passed from father to son was that the two gentlemen who built it were drunk more than
they were sober. 180 seconds exposure with a Sony A560, during heavy cloud cover and
a lot of wind. Light painting with Protomachines set to violet and soft white.
|"Abandoned II" - an abandoned gas station alongside I-35|
But his biggest challenge has been trying to figure out who is the right person to ask for permission on various abandoned sites. "I became a little pickier about trying to get permission after a run-in with a county sheriff that ended with me in handcuffs," laughs Mike. He thought he was going to have to call his brother-in-law to bail me out of jail. It should be no surprise that he hasn't taken any pictures in Harvey County since that night!
|"District 88" - one room schoolhouse in Osage County, Kansas ~ © Mike Cooper|
150 seconds exposure with Nikon D800. Light painting with Protomachines set to gold & soft white.
He doesn't use the high-end Photoshop —just the very basic $100 Photoshop Elements on his MacBook for editing, and that is usually just to adjust white balance, adjust the fill light, level, and crop or remove an occasional power line from the image.
|Mike Cooper on location|
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