While out shooting at the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierra the night before, I'd run into two guys who asked where I'd shot recently. I named a bunch of places, like the Valley of Fire in Nevada, Zion National Park, and several others. They asked if I'd ever been to Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, and I said no, but it was on my list. Then they said, "What about the one right here in California?" And I said… "What?!" As it turned out, I was just a few hours' drive away, and it was roughly along my route home, so the next day, I stopped at a nice little cafe in Bishop, California, looked it up on Flickr, and found these cool rock formations. Then we jumped in the car and hit the road, just making it there as the sun touched down below the horizon. I had a hunch the Milky Way would be spectacular here in the desert, so we made the call to sit it out and wait.
About an hour and a half later, it was dark, and sure enough, there it was! I then light painted the sandstone hoodoo formations throughout the duration of a 30 second exposure using just the single LED light on the back of my iPhone, and you're looking at the result!