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Delicate Arch Milky Way Photos

The above photo was taken with a Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 lens. The photos below were taken with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.

delicate arch milky way astrophotography bryan maltais

A shot of the Milky Way just after rising, and a photographer setting up his camera with a red headlamp.


delicate arch milky way light painting

To illuminate the foreground I light painted during a long exposure with my flashlight

About Bryan Maltais

I'm a Colorado landscape photographer based in Ft. Collins. I blog about adventure in the Rocky Mountains and photo technique. I also make nature documentaries, tinker around with websites and grow vegetables.


  • Hello Bryan. I love your work. I have had a little success with astrophotography but we suffer from light pollution on our crowded island! We are planning a trip to Monument Valley and The Arches national parks and was wondering about access after dark – it seem like the parks shut at 8pm. Can you get a pass? Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hi Steve, In my experience Natl’ Parks never close their gates-you can drive in and out at any time with no problem or special pass. I’m in RMNP and Arches regularly at night for star shots and sunrise shots. I haven’t been to Monument Valley. Because there’s no attendant on duty to collect your fee you should have your parks pass handy, or just the normal mult-day pass you buy during the day. I’ve never been asked to show a pass once inside the park, but I have a seasonal parks pass.

  • timothytrump@gmail.com' Tim Truemper says:

    Stupendous Bryan. Thanks for having these posts.

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