Enter Devil’s Garden

In today’s post, I’m featuring some images captured in the Devil’s Garden area of Arches NP. Arriving at sunset, we were greeted with a wonderful landscape:

Entrance to Devil's Garden at sunset

After a brief stop to capture the amazing sight, we headed on into the Garden as the light faded and nighttime greeted us. After a short hike (0.5 mile), we reached our first destination, Pine Tree Arch. Pine Tree Arch is named for the Pine Tree that is on the far side of the arch. Looking through the arch, the pine tree can be seen in this image, illuminated by light painting we conducted on the foreground, arch and pine tree:

Pine Tree Arch at night

After shooting the arch for a little while, we hiked on and came upon a single pine tree in an opening on the landscape. In the distance, lights from Moab can be seen on the horizon:

Lone Pine Tree at night

Being a longer exposure (a little over 8 minutes), you can see the stars were being captured as short star trails. Also, you can see some of the clouds begin to roll into the area. Since they were pretty thin at the time, they add a nice ambience to image, but later were a real nuisance to trying to capture star points and trails.

In the next post, I’ll feature the grand Landscape Arch, which was farther on down the trail in Devil’s Garden.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8 manual lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 400 (all images)
  • Aperture f/2.8 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/15 sec (top image), 139 secs (middle image), and 482 secs (bottom image)



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