Double Arch and Milky Way stars

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Light painting on this arch was assisted by my two new friends, Allen and Craig, from Texas (standing at the bottom of Double Arch). This northwestern view of the arch and the night sky was captured with a 30-second exposure (15mm Fisheye, f2.8, ISO 6400). Arches National Park, Utah.

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Light Painting light sources: The bluish light output of LED flashlights is NOT recommended for light painting natural formations. This arch had to be selected in PS and heavily color corrected, as the yellow-red part of the spectrum is almost totally missing from "white" LEDs. Incandescent lights (i.e. halogen) are preferred, even though they consume more battery power.

Filtering LED flashlights: Because of the comments made by Dylan and ViSHal, I've decided to add them to the first comment directly below.

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  1. Unique Captures by Stephen Hancock 68 months ago | reply

    I don't favorite many images but this one is the best double arch image I have seen.

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  9. jackalope22 57 months ago | reply

    Great technique -extremely well executed!

  10. StoryWorks by Suzette 57 months ago | reply

    Fabulous shot of my favorite place in the world.

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  13. Pete Foley 57 months ago | reply

    Great capture of a great place. Excellent idea to light paint it

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  14. Cornishcarolin. Stupid busy!! xx 56 months ago | reply

    Amazing! xx



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  15. Eugene Louie 27 months ago | reply

    Wow! This is an awesome isolation and composition. It looks like the hands of God reaching down from heaven!

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