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Big Ben National Park is an out of the way drive in the West Texas direction.  Even though one of the park’s features is its large unforgiving, hot and desolate area, it’s perfect for astrophotography!  One of the most popular and photographed areas of the park is Balanced Rock.  After about a six mile rough dirt road, a trail inclining into a beautiful weathered rock location is rewarded with a stunning park view through and around the Balanced Rock formation.

The plan for star trail photography worked great due to the dark skies and direction and orientation of the stacked rock arch.  “Starbow” is a project that boosts 577 60 mega pixel captures over a 4.1 hour range.  Each exposure was 25 seconds long and did not disappoint!  The person on the rock was initially regarded as a nuisance, but I ended up glad he was there as this gave some perspective and scale to the rocky architecture.





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Limited Editions 100

Artist Proofs 5

Balanced Rock, Big Ben National Park

577 60MP exposures of 25 seconds each, 4.1 hours, 45 hours processing


MUSE Photography Awards 2021 Gold Trophy
YouPic Inspiration Featured 2020
Shoot the Frame STF Finalist June 2022

Pixoto #1 in Starscapes Nov 13, 2020, Best of Week Award
ePHOTOzine High Commended Award 2020
One Eyeland Awards 2020 Silver Awarded
World's Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2022 Bronze
FAPA Itn'l 2021 Nominated
ND Awards 2021 Honorable Mention
Tokyo Int'l Photo Awards 2021 Official Selection
Annual Photography Awards APA 2021 Honorable Mention

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