Double Trouble

Double Trouble

I had seen a number of nights capes below Double Arch in Arches National Park and knew I wanted to add it to my list of places to photograph. I flew into Grand Junction, CO in the morning and drove 2 hours to Moab. During the day I scouted Double Arch and had a number of ideas on where to shoot at night. I knew that night shooting was pretty much useless as the Milky Way was going to be blinded by the moon but I rented the 24mm f/1.4 lens anyways.

Andy and I met up with Phill Monson and his brother-in-law Jeff to shoot Delicate Arch at sunset. We had some time to kill before sunrise at Mesa Arch so we decided to have a try at night photography over at Double Arch. I brought along a 2-million candlepower flashlight to do some light painting and Phill graciously volunteered to do the painting while I fired off the cameras. Even though the moon was out the tail end of the Milky Way made its way over Double Arch. I wanted to include Phill in the photo to give this a sense of scape and backed up until I could compose the photo with Double Arch, Phill, and the Milky Way all in the shot. I realize this photo isnt anything special but I had fun shooting it anyways

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED:
24mm, f/1.6, 15 sec, ISO 3200

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.