|A mid-September Milky Way slices through a light-painted Delicate Arch, Arches N.P. ~ © Royce Bair|
Lights from passing automobiles now makes it quite difficult to photography Balanced Rock at night, because it is so close to the main park road. Although Delicate Arch is about a mile and a half from the nearest road, light pollution from the nearby town of Moab, less than 12 miles away, now makes a considerable impact on the night sky behind the arch (compare the photo below, with the one above).
|The night sky BEFORE darkening (in Photoshop) the area under arch. The town of Moab is 12 miles|
away, just behind the center of the arch. ~ © Royce Bair
The first time I came to photographed Delicate Arch, thirty years ago, there were only a half-dozen people surrounding the arch at sunset. Last week (and each time I've gone in the past few years) there have been over 100 people! Night photographers should still not be too concerned though, as the crowds quickly disperse after sunset. Other than myself and my workshop participants, no more than two or three stay longer than two hours after sunset, and none more than three or four hours.
|The "sunset" crowd behind me at Delicate Arch last week... ~ © Royce Bair|