Portal into the Universe

Equipment Info
NIKON D810
State/Province/Region
Utah
Nearest Area
Arches National Park
Town
Moab
Brief Directions

North of Moab on Utah highway 191

Notes

f2.8, 20 sec, ISO 3200, 16mm

Description

Before one of our numerous trips to Arches, my wife said she had a good title for a photograph, “Portal into the Universe”, and challenged me to come up with an image worthy of the title. Challenge Accepted! This photo obviously would need to be a night shot, looking up through an arch. I knew Double Arch would be the ideal location. The day I was going to photograph the arch, I scouted the area to determine my camera placement which was as far back into the arch as I could possibly climb. Unfortunately, in the dark of night, nothing looks the same, but I made my way by flashlight to the pre-determined position and waited for the Milky Way to line up. I used an orange gel over my flashlight to light paint the walls of the arch. I zoomed in, until I got the portal scene I wanted. Once I declared “Mission Accomplished” I started down-climbing back to the trail. My declaration was premature. I stumbled on the way down and broke a very expensive wide-angle lens. My wife thought it was a lovely picture, worthy of her title, but not worth the price of the lens. The next year, much to my wife’s chagrin, I broke another lens, in the same way, in the same area. Lesson learned: Never climb around in the dark with your camera still mounted to your tripod.

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Date Added
June 6, 2020