Double Arch - night exposure
An extreme wide-angle view inside Double Arch -- a night time exposure with light painting in Arches National Park, Utah. This image was taken in September 1983. The glow in the left sky is from the moon, just outside the image frame.
Triple Arch? Although this is called "Double Arch", I often wonder if it should be called "Triple Arch", as there are actually three arches: the largest and main arch, which you see only partially on the left, the arch in the top-middle, and the small arch in the bottom-middle.
How we did it: During a 10-minute time exposure (towards the end of the "Blue Hour"), we fired several flashes (light painting) inside and around the bottom arch using a Norman 400B portable strobe (firing at the 200 watt-seconds setting). The flashes inside the bottom arch were covered with a yellow-gold Rosco gel filter.
Rock Texture and Detail: You'll notice that many of our images have more texture and detail than images from other photographers who employ "light painting" techniques. We were one of the first photographers to pioneer light painting back in the early 1980's (and have been published in many magazines). We use special lighting techniques to produce more texture, detail, and three-dimensional shading.
See the awe-inspiring NightScape VIDEO – with one Milky Way after another!
Behind the scenes: The NightScape Story