State/Province/Region
UT
Country
US
Nearest Area
Arches National Park
Town
Moab, Utah
Description

I took this picture as the moon was waning. I hiked up to Delicate Arch at around 3am for some star and sunrise shots like I've done countless times in the past. I knew how the moon and stars would align, via an app, weeks before. I didn't know how the light would affect the overall exposure though. I never would know if I didn't make the effort. Saturn, the smaller of the two bright lights, was coming up on the horizon after the moon. As I hiked up Delicate Arch trail I noticed Saturn was ablaze. It was so bright that it was creating the "star effect" to my naked eye. I rubbed my eyes several times and it was still doing it. I've never seen any planet like that. The moon was in a waning crescent stage. It took on a round appearance because of its movement. I knew it would provide enough ambient light to light up the La Sal Mountains in the background and, at the same time, minimize light painting in the foreground. I also knew it would be dim enough that I could still capture some of the stars in the Milky Way.

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Date Added
April 17, 2014
Date Taken
April 17, 2014