Reflecting on a Starry Night by Bill Belvin

Bill Belvin
Bill Belvin
Bill is a Sedona based fine arts photographer specializing in creating richly detailed images of the American Southwest wilderness. He loves capturing the patterns and symmetries present in sandstone and sharing the results with others.



Reflecting on a Starry Night

This image shows The Milky Way stretching over Cathedral Rock. I shot the image mid-March at “Secret Slickrock” accessible via the Ridge Trail. The hike from the trailhead on Chavez Crossing Road is only a third of a mile long. March is one of the windiest months in Sedona, and this night was no exception. I took multiple images to get the cleanest reflection. The photo is a composite of a longer focus stacked foreground image and one taken an hour later at 4 AM when the Milky Way was in a perfect position to frame Cathedral Rock. The picture shows three of the four peaks of Cathedral Rock.   One can hike to two of the saddles shown by scrambling up Cathedral Rock’s east side.