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Milky Way Over Arches by Alex Noriega
Friday, 4th May 2012

Milky Way Over Arches

by Alex Noriega

Utah's Double Arch stands tall under the Milky Way on an autumn night. The arches were "light painted" with my flashlight throughout the duration of the long exposure.
Equipment: Canon 40D, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Alex Noriega
I love landscapes, architecture, abstracts, and occasionally portraiture. I strive for atmosphere, cohesive composition, interesting light, intrinsic beauty, and technical excellence in every photograph I make. I'm currently based in Portland, Oregon (previously Minneapolis, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California), and I don't see myself leaving the Pacific Northwest anytime soon.

Milky Way Over Arches by Alex Noriega was photo of the day on Friday, 4th May 2012. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.

16 Comments

Bill Bowman

4th May 2012 at 1:30 am

Excellent shot- great execution. I have tried and failed to get a decent shot of this location at night. Thanks for sharing.

4th May 2012 at 2:28 am

Wonderful composition Alex. And I don’t blame you for not wanting to leave the Pacific Northwest – pretty amazing photo ops up there as well!

4th May 2012 at 4:45 am

Alex, VERY well done. The technical side of me can appreciate the execution, but this is more than technical, it is wonderfuly emotional. You did good!

4th May 2012 at 11:20 am

fantastic work!!
the light-painting was exemplary!!

4th May 2012 at 1:40 pm

WOW! AWESOME SHOT! I HOPE I CAN HAVE A SHOT WITH THE MILKY WAY TOO. I TOO LOVE LANDSCAPES WHENEVER I’M TAKING PHOTOS. It’s my dream! :-)

Wayne Christensen

4th May 2012 at 2:43 pm

Why didn’t you get star trails if this was “a long exposure?”
Even a wide angle lens will show star trails after a minute or so.
What’s your secret?

Pamela Fontaine

4th May 2012 at 3:05 pm

breathtaking!

4th May 2012 at 5:26 pm

Wonderful shot!

Lisa

4th May 2012 at 6:02 pm

Simply MAGICAL!!! :-)

5th May 2012 at 9:12 am

Evocative and beautiful.

5th May 2012 at 5:15 pm

That is some seriously fine work.

5th May 2012 at 9:46 pm

Thanks everyone!

Wayne, it’s a manual blend of two exposures taken sequentially:

30 sec, ISO 3200, f/2.8 for the stars,
7 min, ISO 400, f/4 for the arches.

It could have been done in a single exposure, but I find that light painting looks smoother when spread over a longer period, and stopping down the lens and using a lower ISO made the arches crisper and cleaner. If I could afford a camera like a 5D2/5D3/D700/D800, I’d probably have done it all in a single exposure – but my 40D could barely pull off the sky!

6th May 2012 at 11:31 am

Wow epic!!

6th May 2012 at 11:32 am

Wow epic!

7th May 2012 at 2:09 am

Somebody knows how to use a camera and has an eye for compositon as well ;)

reza ghasemi

21st May 2012 at 3:52 pm

congratulation for this great photo!

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