Stars over Hole in the Wall Arch

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That's the southern end of the Milky Way (it's "bulge" is hidden by the wall :)
Hole in the Wall arch is an obscure arch within the Courthouse Towers section of Arches National Park that is no longer marked on any park maps. The wall it is part of a huge, but very thin sandstone fin that makes this feature very intriguing to me. I have planned this shot for over 20 years. See the photo series below.

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.

Canon 5D Mark II camera
LF 24mm f1.4L II lens @f2.0
15 seconds
ISO 4000
"Light Painting": 2 gel-covered LED lights within the hole for a warm glow; a diffused 2-million candlepower stationary light, positioned 400 feet to camera left (turned on for 10 of the 15-seconds exposure).
Additional technical stuff
Behind the scenes: The NightScape Story

Matt Champlin, WanaM3, and 129 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. laura.foto 84 months ago | reply

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  2. Fort Photo 84 months ago | reply

    Royce this is one you should be proud of, I know I am thrilled with it! Besides the epic preparations, it has a strong artistic vision behind the madness. And what a great result, hope more get to see this.

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  3. Josh Segal 84 months ago | reply

    very neat, nice work

  4. Matt Granz Photography 84 months ago | reply

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  10. Paul Porter Photography 84 months ago | reply

    First, incredible professional planning and setup for an amazing image. Love how you placed the prow in the Milky Way's axis. Your strength with night imagery and light painting is quite notable.

  11. Robstorm Photography 83 months ago | reply

    Well set up and well worth the twenty year wait for this spectacular image....Well done.....

  12. Mr Din 83 months ago | reply

    great capture! night photography is something I'm trying to get into... looks fun but the windows of opportunity (cloudless and moonless skys) to practice are not easy to get in winter... :(

  13. E.Mill 83 months ago | reply

    Awesome series!!!
    stunning!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  14. ouistitis 82 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot !

  15. Kris Kros 81 months ago | reply

    This is really good.

  16. Paatus 78 months ago | reply

    Superb shot, Royce, and the process as detailed in the other photos is fascinating.

  17. Vistaphotography 71 months ago | reply

    awesome shot and setup note Royce..

  18. PierrePelli 27 months ago | reply

    Outstanding picture !!

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