The weather wasn't perfect. The humidity was high. But, it was a night with a new moon and I needed to get out and shoot. I was in Myrtle Beach, SC for work - something that I do often. I looked over the moon phase calendar, checked the cloud cover and around midnight I headed out in hopes of catching at least some part of the sky. The light pollution from the city behind me didn't make this capture any easier.
I've always wanted to see this iconic landmark in person and I can now say I have! It is by far the most photographed place around Page, Arizona, but I didn't care, I had to do it myself (well, with my friend and fellow photog, Rene).
To get to this spot, you must walk (or hike if you want to call it that since it is dirt and rocks after all) approximately 3/4 of a mile from the parking area. If you go for the sunset, remember to time your arrival so you could get there with plenty of time to find a spot on the rim and setup your gear. The rim drops down 1,000' to the shore of the Colorado River below and there are a handful of deaths yearly from careless behavior.
This was actually put together from two shots, one up to get more sky and one down to see the shoreline below, making a 52 megapixel final image which is up on my site. If you look closely, you will see an orange ball at about the 6:30 position... I am adding a zoomed in screen grab of this to give you an idea of the detail captured... Think I am printing this one for my wall!
Another scene from the ghost town near the Nevada/California border