Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Arches and Canyonlands by Greg Ness

Delicate Arch with a 1:00 AM view of the Milky Way. Light painting from the bottom of the bowl ~ © Greg Ness
Arches and Canyonlands through the eyes of Greg Ness. In April, I conducted a NightScape workshop in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Greg was one of nine photographers who attended this event. He’s also an alumni of a previous workshop to the Alabama Hills.

Skyline Arch lit from the front and behind gives the appearance of a large crocodile ~ © Greg Ness
An inside view of Double Arch with the Milky Way behind it ~ © Greg Ness
Uniquely different: These two parks are right next to each other and they offer differently opportunities for starry night photography, not to mention some great sunrise and sunset views. Although Arches has some of the most iconic red rock features in the world, its popularity can also bring crowded conditions and a bit of light pollution (up to a Bortle 3) in some areas of the park. In contrast, Canyonlands is more remote, less crowded (except for the famous Mesa Arch), and offers much darker skies.

Wide vistas in and around Canyonlands also offer some great opportunities for daytime photography. Note: because this is a starry night photography workshop, we sleep in the middle of the day (in air conditioned comfort), but we do make time for sunrises and sunsets!

Canyonlands from the "Island in the Sky" area offers incredibly dark skies and wide vistas ~ © Greg Ness
Craig & Wendy silhouetted at a Grand View Point (Canyonlands) sunrise ~ © Greg Ness
Early morning light at nearby Dead Horse Point State Park ~ © Greg Ness
Milky Way over the popular Mesa Arch in Canyonland ~ © Greg Ness
Our next Arches / Canyonlands NightScape Workshop is August 10-14. There are currently three (3) spots available. There are also two (2) spots left in our Grand Tetons Workshop July 19-23.


  1. Inspires me to keep trying. I like how even and smooth the light painting is. You (Royce) have inspired me to get out there and try. I posted one of my very best so far this morning.

    1. Just took a look... Awesome, Scott! I agree, this IS one of your bests shot, if not the best. Very nice.

  2. thank you for sharing, very useful for the reader , and the site is very prioritizes quality , very nice and best regard

    driver download

    samsung scx-4500 driver download

  3. This is a wonderful series of Arches and Canyonlands through the eyes of Greg Ness. Online writing custom service is your chance to better your grades and improve your knowledge in a certain subject.

  4. The food is very good The ambience of the hotel is very good Hotel staff is very good Price of food and drinks are very nominal compared to other 5 stars Suggest one if in ranching should be here and check out the hotel
    Best wedding halls in Chennai

  5. Hope it may be useful at any costs. And please keep post like this. Really useful information. Thank you very much.

    kalyana mandapam in chennai

  6. Dear patrons, we had the finest architect hall design for the best utility and safety. Also to impress upon your guest, we have designed the hall to look like an architectural marvel. We hope you love our palace and use it to fulfil its role as one of the ac marriage halls in chennai