Orion on the Rocks


The towering sandstone cliffs of the Valley Of Fire loom between the bright star Sirius and the constellation of Orion. The sky glow is from the city of Las Vegas, some 50 miles distant. During the long exposure, I briefly illuminated the foreground cliffs with a red flashlight to accentuate their color.

Date: December 29, 2005
Time: 12:58 to 1:23 a.m. PST
Location: Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 40 mm
Aperture: f/2
Exposure time: 25 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

Revised: July 29, 2006
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