We had a lot of fun on the Saturday night of our NXNW trip to Moab. It started with us joining the melée of photographers waiting for sunset at Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park. There was a pretty serious hike up to the arch so imagine our surprise when we rounded the last corner of the trail to find somewhere around 200 photographers perched on the rock overlooking the arch. There was a great party atmosphere up there but it wasn’t at all what we had expected when we set off on the trek!
During the time we were up there, Justin (ever aware of what’s going on) bumped into the almost-legendary Dave Black. This was their second meeting in 2 days because Dave’s workshop group had been at Cisco the previous day too. They got talking and, since both groups had been planning to do some lightpainting up at the arch, he suggested we join his workshop group and shoot with them after the assembled masses had departed. This proved so much fun that we decided we needed to continue our lightpainting fix after Dave’s group had departed so we headed down to Double Arch, seen here, for another shot.
For the uninitiated, lightpainting involves shooting a dark scene which you light by sweeping handheld lights over it. In this case, Rick Louie had brought a large xenon flashlight and Chris Nitz acted as painter while we all shot the view.
All in all, then, a rather spectacular night – we got to make images of some wonderful scenes using a technique I hadn’t tried before and I also got to talk to one of my photography heroes. If you don’t know Dave’s work, take a look at his site – his sport photography is as good as it gets, and is frequently seen in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic to name just a few of his prestigious clients.
I’m getting all gushy and fanboy so let me move on and suggest you also take a look at the blogs of the other guys on our trip because I strongly suspect many of them will feature lightpainting images today too. You would almost think that Justin, Bob, Mike, Chris, Rick, Mark and I had planned this 🙂
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