Hurricane Valley Car Light Trails at Sunset

Hurricane, Utah was first settled in 1896, and received its name after a whirlwind blew the top off a buggy in which Erastus Snow was riding. Snow exclaimed, “Well, that was a Hurricane. We’ll name this ‘Hurricane Hill’.”

Hurricane, which is pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by local residents (mimicking the accent of early Liverpudlian settlers), is in eastern Washington County.

Situated on Utah State Route 9, Hurricane lies between Interstate 15 and Zion National Park, and as a result has numerous motels, restaurants and other commercial establishments that serve a portion of the millions of tourists that visit Zion National Park each year.

The above info is from Wikipedia.

Quail Creek State Park and Sand Hollow State Park are minutes away from the spot in which I took this image.


Image Details

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 105mm, F6.7, for 30 seconds at ISO 100 on my EOS R5 mirrorless camera.

Except for that tiny balloon-shaped light that reads Legacy Park Washington County this is a single exposure. The Legacy Park light was overpowering and several stops brighter than anything else because it was not moving.

This shot is easier than it might look. The key is timing plus clouds.

There is about a 10-minute window that happens about 15 or 20 minutes after sunset in which city lights, car headlights, tail lights, the sky, and ambient light are all within the dynamic range of a single exposure. You need to pick a setting where the exposure is 30 seconds or longer to capture light trails like these.

Headlights are white to yellow and tail lights are generally red. There is so much traffic and light spillover from oncoming cars that the tail lights look orangish rather than red in many spots.

The orange horizontal light band at the traffic light is the road to Quail Creek State Park. The U-shaped road is Utah State Highway 9.

Nearby Images 

  1. Quail Creek State Park, Sunset Reflections From Overlook
  2. Quail Creek State Park, Mouth of Creek, Sunset Reflections
  3. Duck Dive at Sunset: Quail Creek State Park, Utah

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5 thoughts on “Hurricane Valley Car Light Trails at Sunset

  1. Sweet! Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Actually the band of light depicting the highway is reminiscent of hot steel being drawn in a mill.

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