Moonglow behind Balanced Rock
Moon glow from the rising quarter moon, directly behind Balanced Rock, Arches National Park. The midnight (12:21 AM) moonlight from the rising moon is overpowering all but the brighter stars. However, you can clearly see Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation (Messier object 45 or M45) to the right (very visible in this larger view). Light painting for Balanced Rock is coming from a stationary, reflected quartz halogen spotlight (2-million candlepower) about 300 feet away, manned by my son, Chris (shining for only seven of our 13-second exposure).
Size perspective: As tall as 23 men, or a 13-story building —the total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet (39 m), with the balancing rock rising 55 feet (16.75 m) above the base. The big rock on top is the size of three school buses.
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Canon EOS 5DMII
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens
13 sec @ F2.8 • ISO 2500
2012/03/28: 465v 117c 100f 1g