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John Ashley
Helena, Montana, USA
12:00 pm

Equipment Details:

Nikon D750 with Rokinon 8mm lens

Post-processing Details:

Interval photo, layers composited in Adobe Bridge and PS Cloud

Image Details:

The sun's path during summer solstice arches high across the sky (upper), but at Winter Solstice it's path barely clears the brick walls of the Potter's Shrine, a sculptural landmark on the grounds of the Archie Bray Foundation ( in Helena, Montana. The interval composite photo was created over two days months apart by placing a fisheye lens on the ground and aiming it at the southern sky. The shrine was created by Robert Harrison during 1985-87, its circumference is 25' with walls 11' high featuring four arched doorways, round and rectangular windows, and a central column that Harrison calls his totem. Over the years, many of the Bray's resident artists have contributed pieces to adorn the shrine's walls, ledges, benches and floor.