f2.8, 20 sec, ISO 3200, 80mm
I spent 2 weeks in the Moab, UT area photographing night scenes in August. I slept during the heat of the day, and spent all night shooting the stars. I have taken a multitude of Milky Way pictures throughout the years and have never incorporated a person in the image. I thought incorporating a human silhouette might tell the meaningful story of man’s tiny place in the infinite universe. The key was to have the silhouette be as small as possible while still being large enough to be identifiable. I knew the North Window arch had a lot of potential if the Milky Way would line up properly. Patience through hours of waiting finally paid off. I composed the scene with my camera on a tripod, and climbed up into the arch. I communicated with my wife using a flashlight, and when I was in the proper position, she snapped the picture. I wanted the viewer’s eye to be drawn to the tiny silhouette, highlighted by the Milky Way, framed by the arch, then for the eye to follow the Milky Way up, losing sight of the tiny silhouette.