Wilson Arch under the Milky Way
Wilson Arch is around a 25 minute drive south of Moab, Utah. It's a beauty, and huge! The first attempt was ruined by the moonlight coming up before I could capture the stars, reducing the clarity. I came back a few nights later, and captured this. I spent a lot of time lighting the rock, to get even light while also skimming the rock surface to bring out the cracks in shadow. 6s, F8, 500 ISO on the rock. 8s, F2.8, 6400 ISO, with 8 shot noise stack on the sky. I tried higher aperture on the sky, but lens coma flaws were bad either way. Flash was at full power. This is not a composite, everything occurred in one session in the same frame.
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