Moonburst over Balanced Rock Silhouette

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park is a little challenging to photograph when the moon is up. It makes it near impossible to get the rock illuminated, since the typical photo of the formation is looking south – which is precisely where the moon was when I was trying to take my photo. The trail taking visitors around the tower gets pretty close to the rock… too close to take a photo of the rock that actually looks like Balanced Rock. So I set up shot north of the rock just after the trail splits to circle the formation, positioning the moon just above the mammoth boulder.

Photo moon Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Canon 60D | 17mm | f/8.0 | 28 seconds | ISO 400 | RAW

I played with the aperture a little to get different levels of moonbursts, but if the shot went too long, the lights in the sky moved too much, altering the desired results. I’m glad I was able to get some stars in the shot, considering that I was at ISO 400 and had a very large light in the sky. But I guess sometimes you get lucky when it comes to capturing a nice shot.

~signed, Carltonaut

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