Joshua Tree Under A Perseid Sky

Lance Gerber from La Quinta, California, is a photographer who primarily focuses on architectural photography, having built an impressive collection of client work from around the Los Angeles and Palm Desert areas. It's his landscape photography, though, that caught EB's attention on Instagram, and a photo of a lonely cabin in Holcomb Valley, California was one of the Instagram favorites back in August. His feature includes some really nice long exposure shots of the Perseid Meteor Shower taken at Joshua Tree National Park earlier this year. These are some seriously inspiring photos for anyone hoping to get into night and long exposure photography.

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Tell us about the location in the photos.

This collection was captured during the perseid meteor shower summer 2013 in Joshua Tree National Park. The park is located in the high desert above the Coachella Valley in Southern California where I live. I think every photographer has seen a photo of its iconic rock formations or joshua trees – it is truly an amazing destination. I shoot architecture primarily so I do a lot of work at twilight using fill lighting and other techniques during long exposures and have wanted to apply them to a landscape subject in conjunction with the night sky.

With the perseid meteor shower underway the time to do this could not be much better. I staked out a spot I know from day trips with an interesting rock formation surrounded by joshua trees and setup just as the crescent moon was beginning to set. The sky was so alive with meteors shooting in almost every exposure. The rock formations and joshua trees offer a limitless canvas to work with and it was amazing how well a simple flashlight painted the rocks and trees during 20-30 second exposures. For those interested in Joshua Tree National Park I would say it’s worth the effort to get there at least once.

How did you get started in photography?

I got started in photography driven mostly by a desire to better control the outcome of the graphic design projects I was taking on. I’m a graphic designer and have worked in advertising and creative services throughout my career. As I was launching my own business in 2002 the photography aspect of it developed somewhat organically. I ended up shooting a handful shots for websites I was creating which lead to those clients approaching me about additional and ongoing photography work. From there it grew into being the primary focus of my business and I’ve since fallen in love with working behind the lens.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

In the architectural photography arena Julius Shulman has been a definite influence. The way in which he captured the depth and perspective of spaces with the right amount of context is very natural and creates an intuitive experience for the person viewing his photography. That’s what I always aim to achieve in my architectural work. I’ve discovered many other talented photographers who have also influenced what I do with my more personal landscape and abstract photography. Tim Navis and Charles Bergquist are both doing great things along with Merek Davis who is doing an amazing job advancing mobile photography editing.

What photography gear do you use?

Canon 5D, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, EF 24-105mm f/4.0L, two Speedlite 580EX flashes, Smith Victor incandescent fill lights, various tripods and heads, and an iPhone 4s.

Are there any products you swear by?

All the gear listed above plus the Adobe Creative Suite, VSCO, Mextures, and Snapseed.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

Not sure I have a dream destination at this point but I’d probably say a mountain biking trip through the Alps riding, shooting, and exploring.



Name Lance Gerber
Location La Quinta, California
Featured In Issue Three - October 2013
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Canon 5D, iPhone 4. Lenses: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, EF 24-105mm f/4.0 Accessories: Speedlite 580EX, Smith Victor incandescent fill lights
Websites Website, Instagram, VSCO Grid
Chosen By Expedition Bureau


  1. Greg

    Awesome shots Lance. Great work.

  2. Dawn Silva

    Beautiful work Lance. I am not surprised though. You are very talented.

  3. ben

    Amazing! +1

  4. Jeff

    Congrats Lance! Amazing shots per usual.

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