Another light painted image. This was taken about 10:30pm under a full moon. The moon was actually fairly low in the sky and to the right of camera. If you look at the rocks that are in the background you can see the light and shadows from the full moon. However the problem is the entire arch (and everything under it was in total blackness). This is where light painting really comes into it’s own. When nature won’t play ball, then pump a bit of foreground light in from camera left and you get some nice foreground dramatic lighting and detail under the arch.
This place was actually a bit spooky to shoot. It is a very long way from anywhere (12 miles down a dirt track from the closest small town). Obviously not a soul about. While I was shooting I was surrounded by these huge 10m+ bizarre statues of stone that look like faces. Desert animals were roaming around which broke the absolute silence…. a few times I’d hear a bush rustle and spin around my light to see a reflecting set of eyes (coyotes?) then they’d disappear. I normally don’t get spooked when doing night shooting alone, but this place was spooky. The only other place that I found spooky to shoot in was Port Arthur in Tassie. I got a permit to shoot there at 3AM and found that very very eerie…. probably didn’t help that I did the ghost tour the night before 🙂
Today I have driven back to Moab and am going to shoot some wider vistas in Canyonlands – Island in the sky.
(excuse the rough processing… running low on battery)