Today I drive back to Denver and then fly back to Australia. The trip has been utterly fantastic. I decided to finish up with a night shoot of one of Utah’s most known icons – Delicate Arch. I hiked up to the arch (about 45min reasonably steep hike… especially with camera an light painting gear). There was the usual throng of tourists running around, so I set my camera up to do a time-lapse sequence of the sunset. I haven’t done this before so it will be interesting to see if it works out OK.
I then made two mistakes…the only two mistakes I have made this trip
1) I screwed up the moonrise location…. I had consulted Jeff Conrad’s sun & moon calculator to determine the time and direction of the moon rise, but I must have misread it and totally had the wrong idea of where the moon was rising.
2) Because I was doing the time lapse sequence, I set my camera settings to medium resolution JPEG images….. and yup… I forgot to change it back to RAW for the night shoot of Delicate Arch.
So this image is my last from the trip…. I haven’t had much time to process it (as I finish breakfast). But I guess this image will never be printed large 😦
Oh well, I suppose I can’t really complain as the rest of the trip has gone brilliantly. If any of you ever find yourself at Arches NP, you must do sunset at Delicate Arch, and then hang around after the crowds go and enjoy the absolute beauty and majesty of whats around. Sitting there in the balmy 80 degree warm breezes with a bottle of red wine, some snacks and just soaking it in until about midnight was a wonderful way to finish the trip and soak in the desert atmosphere. There were a few other non-photographers that were also enjoying the night up at Delicate Arch…. I think I gave them a bit of a shock when I fired up my lights and started painting the arch.
Anyway, back to Sydney today… lots of images to sort though and process (nothing like Christian’s 8,000 images though).