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Double Arch - night time exposure - Arches National Park | by IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")
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Double Arch - night time exposure - Arches National Park

During a time exposure (about 10 minutes), I "painted" these sandstone formations with multiple flashes from a 600 w/s battery-powered studio strobe (with a large parabolic reflector) and a powerful, hand-held spotlight (1-million candle power). My wife, Linda, opened and closed the shutter while I ran around in the dark, painting and tripping over rocks :)


Double Arch is a close-set pair of natural arches. The larger opening has a span of 148 feet (45.1 meters) and a height of 104 feet (31.7 meters).


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Explore - #412 for October 21, 2010 - Thanks everyone! (What is Explore? How do I get Explored?)

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