• Andromedia Galaxy
  • Double Cluster
  • This top portion is called, "Castleton Tower". It is 400 feet high (120 m), and is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. Here is a close-up (this is awesome)!
  • "Castle Rock" is the name of this natural monument, and it has a total height of 1,400 feet (427 m).

Stars over Castle Rock

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Starry night sky and the northern tail of the Milky Way over Castle Rock, a sandstone monument in Castle Valley, Utah (about 16 miles northeast of Moab). There are "notes" on the above photo outlining the Andromedia Galaxy (M31) and the Double Cluster. The top portion of this light-painted monument is called Castleton Tower -- a 400-foot (120 m) sandstone tower standing on a 1,000 foot talus cone, rising a total of 1,400 feet (427 m) above the valley.

Light Painting the 'Rock': My son, Chris, assisted me on this photo shoot. He climbed to a bluff 2,000 feet (610 m) to the left of me and painted the monument and tower with a 2-million candle power halogen spotlight. We synchronized his 15 seconds of painting and my 15 seconds of camera exposure time via two-way radios. We were both about 4,200 feet (1,280 m) from the center of the monument (see these 2 photo maps). I used an EF 24mm f1.4L II lens on a Canon 5D Mk2, exposing for 15 seconds @ f2.0, ISO 6400. Here is additional information about how I photograph these "NightScapes".

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Behind the scenes: The NightScape Story

Popular Rock Climbing Location: Castleton Tower is one of the top 50 rock climbs in North America. In fact, over 40,000 people have made this difficult, 5.9 rated climb!Click here for a close-up of the base of the tower, where they start their ascent.

Please visit my photostream every Thursday to see a new ''NightScape'' image. Read the Huffington Post story about my NightScape photography.

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  1. waran777 29 months ago | reply

    Great shot. It is worth all the effort put in.

  2. kseng2000 29 months ago | reply

    Fantastic! Have never before seen so many stars in the sky. Wish I was there! Good composition too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. mbr100863 29 months ago | reply

    Excellent work. Really a very nice shot.

  4. Carlo Mangiapane 29 months ago | reply

    è fantasticoooo!! splendida esposizione!

  5. thethi (don't like the new layout) 29 months ago | reply

    Excellent photo, great how you did this! It really deserves Explore
    Excellente photo, un très beau travail! Mérite bien sa place dans l'explore

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  6. kissoflif3 29 months ago | reply

    This is fantastic, wow! Exceptional work!

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  8. Colskier1 28 months ago | reply

    Hey, this is a gorgeous image. Love how the blue and white of the sky contrast so nicely with the warm colors of the rock pinnacle.

  9. BuddhaPete 28 months ago | reply

    Well done. Great color.

  10. jemaddux 28 months ago | reply

    Amazing view

  11. Mary590 23 months ago | reply

    Fascinant ...

  12. Structure & Spontaneity by .K. [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

    beautiful capture!

  13. ferpectshotz 21 months ago | reply

    lovely stunning shot everything is perfect..

  14. luigig75 18 months ago | reply

    very very beautiful!

  15. natalybruce 14 months ago | reply

    lol . it's .. amazing! .. c;

  16. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    Whoa you can take a lot of fantastic photographs! :) <3

  17. concho cowboy 3 months ago | reply

    spectacular image!

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