Las Vegas-based photographer and rock climber Luke Rasmussen (AKA PhLuke) visited Looking Glass Rock outside Moab, Utah, and shot this beautiful long-exposure photo of himself climbing up and rappelling down the rock while wearing colorful LED lights.
What’s shown in the photo, titled “Through the Looking Glass,” is a 300-foot climb rated at a 5.4 difficulty and a rappel of roughly 120 feet.
The photo is a composite long-exposure image: using his 42-megapixel Sony a7R II (and Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 at f/8 and ISO 400), Rasmussen shot 17 separate 30-second RAW photos of himself during his 8.5-minute climb and descent, and he shot 78 separate 30-second exposures of the night sky for the 35 minutes of star trails. The photos were then stacked and edited in Photoshop.
Here’s another of Rasmussen’s long-exposure climbing photos, titled “Road to Pahrump“:
This shot is one of Rasmussen’s favorite photos thus far, and it shows him climbing the M16 route (rated at a 5.11d) of Blue Diamond Cave in Nevada 15 minutes from his home.
Here are some more examples of Rasmussen’s work: