Brad Goldpaint is an American photographer who specializes in sky photography. He’s great at it, he has to admit.

He took the series of photographs you can see in the gallery in Arches (or Arches) National Park in Utah, USA. There are about two thousand natural arches made of stone in this area – the most famous is the “Delicate Arch”. Humans lived here as long ago as 10,000 years- probably because of these strange natural formations.

The photographer took a trip here with his ageing father; not so much for work initially, but more for the time spent together with a man he sees less often than he would like. But the captivating nature of the park captivated him so much that he started taking pictures. He first tried to take a night shot of the famous Delicate Arch – but came away with nothing. There are so many other people taking pictures here during the night that it’s virtually impossible to get a shot without other people running around with cameras or their flashes interfering with the image.

He also had bad luck at another famous arch, Double Arch – when he got to it, the sky started to cloud up and the stars were lost. But the photographer didn’t give up. He extended his trip for a few more days and waited patiently for the stars to appear at night in the form he wanted.


Patience brings the stars

And he was lucky. The very next night, the sky was clear enough to see the Milky Way beautifully with the naked eye – the clean air, free of light pollution, offers Utah a sky in a form long unknown from cities. You can admire the results in the gallery.

Goldpaint’s photographs were an instant hit – they were named the photo of the day not only by NASA, but also by National Geographic and Earthshots.org. The camping trip with his father became the biggest success of Goldpaint’s career… You can see the full gallery of photos directly on the photographer’s website.

Archem National Park is open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.



Source: National Geographic

Author: kar   |   Published: 25.11.2011

Photo: Isifa