One of the more pleasant experiences I’ve had in the field recently was having the luxury of sitting out under the stars at Mobius Arch for 9 hours. Over 7 hours of that time was letting the following long exposure run, while the other two were spent capturing alternate perspectives as seen in Mobius Arch & Stars I and Mobius Arch & Stars V. So what does one do to keep busy during a 7 hour exposure*? (Check all that apply)
- Listen and look for swooping owls and scurrying lizards
- Watch an average of 4 shooting stars an hour
- Listen to the sound of silence
- Check email on my iPhone & post to Twitter
- All of the Above
See the answer below…
If you chose “All of the Above” you’re correct. It was invigorating to be in such a beautiful, dark and quiet environment. I stuck around to make sure that nothing went awry with my camera, but I also didn’t want to be my worst enemy moving my camera or in advertantly introducing light to the scene. So for 7 hours I ducked out behind a giant boulder. It was no surprise that nocturnal creatures were stirring about so between looking and listening for their presence I kept a watchful eye out for shooting stars. Seeing as it was a new moon and my headlamp was rather faint I used my iPhone as a flashlight and soon discovered I could get network coverage. While I enjoyed the serenity of the moment I couldn’t help out of boredom to check my email and update my Twitter account a couple of times. Not my proudest moment, but it happened. iPhone aside it was an incredible experience to be there in that moment to watch the Milky Way swirl above.
* Represents a combined exposure of 100’s of 30 second exposures. To me its an exposure but I realize some might appreciate the differentiation from 1 single exposure.
[tags]landscape, photography, Mobius Arch, Galen Arch, Galen’s Arch, star trail, Alabama Hills, California[/tags]