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.
See the awe-inspiring NightScape VIDEO – with one Milky Way after another!
My new ebook, Milky Way NightScapes, gives extensive details on how to enhance the landscape foreground. Three other chapters cover planning, scouting, forecasting star/landscape alignment, shooting and post processing.
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.
(10/27/2011 - 1:58:23 AM; 453v, 63c, 90f, 3g)