North Window at Night - Arches National Park, Utah
Nikon D5, 14-24mm f/2.8
It's a bit stating of the obvious there are many arches in Arches National Park. It think last count has a couple thousand in the park. Two of the most iconic for no other measure than simple access are the Windows--there’s a convenient road and large parking lot just at the trailhead that leads to these arches. Over the years, I've photographed them many times using many different techniques and compositions. Most are taken from a distance to get a clear view of one or both of the arches. This visit, I decided to take a totally different tact.
I shot this standing inside the North Window. It gives the impression of a towering column of rock instead of the classic arch view. I hoped Orion--the constellation to the left of the rock column--would be more prominent. Unfortunately, it’s not. At least I hoped for more color in this constellation as it can be very colorful. The half moon overhead created almost daylight conditions which seemed to have washed out the unique character of the stars. They all look like simple white pin-points.