MORE ARCHES NATIONAL PARK - 19 January 2015
Landscape Arch at Night - Arches National Park, File# 1514955
Link to full sized image: http://www.tom-hill.biz/Galleries/Scenics/Utah/i-LHrJwXw/A
(Editor's note; updated image with better tone adjustments)
Here's today's image. I'm still on my trip to Arches National Park. This particular site is Landscape Arch. If I'm not mistaken, this particular arch has the world's longest span. It's over a hundred meters. Just over 20 years ago a large portion of the arch collapsed. I believe the very large boulders to the right of the arch at its base are the results of that event. Since then, the National Park Service closed the trail directly underneath the arch.
Of course, this particular location is touted as being better at sunrise than at sunset. That's 100% true since it's open slightly towards the east allowing morning light to directly touch the arch. Me being me, I wanted to create something a bit different involving stars. In this case I captured image data not long after sunset--the foreground portion. The background star field was captured about an hour and half after sunset. No, it isn't possible to see this particular scene with a well defined foreground and bright stars in the background with out own two eyes. This type of image is only possible through the magic of post processing that can combine light from when it's brighter out and when it's darker.