Dance Hall

Dance Hall Tree

Dance Hall Tree

Dance Hall Rock is a popular place to photograph in southern Utah. During the monsoons the depressions in the sandstone sometimes fill with rainwater, which can be incredibly photogenic. When that doesn’t happen you have to make do with what you have. Looking at the patterns in the sandstone I thought this might make an interesting subject for a long exposure shot with the stars rotating around the pole star. Deciding that I would want to light the subject from below I dropped down into the hollow with some candles. I misjudged the height of the drop and soon discovered that I couldn’t get out! I was on my own without a cell phone or other means to call for help. After several failed attempts at running, jumping and of course sliding back down I began to think I might end up lost like Everett Ruess who went missing in this area back in 1934. After a little while I began piling up sand which gave me the extra height I needed to escape. I would say it was a lesson well learned, but of course I’ve done many daft things since.

Here’s the star rotation, it’s become a rather unimaginative form of photography but I add it here just to show the principle.

 

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