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No photo today (it's a travel day), but I am GIVING AWAY an aluminum print over at Instagram, thanks to Aluminyze. Follow me, and check this out for more details: https://instagram.com/p/5IBD-eLFEy/
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Aaaaah, Crater Lake. I wish I could truthfully say that I enjoyed being in this moment--the sliver of a moon rising, the clouds and fog, the 30-some mile-per-hour wind sweeping across the lake's surface (you can really see it on the upper-left side of the lake). Looking back, it was really pretty amazing, but I was suffering quite a bit as I took this panorama. You can read more about the experience, which I've detailed before, at <a href="http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/2015/02/raising-hackles-night-sky-panorama-crater-lake/">my blog</a>. Let's just say it involved high winds, cold temps, and an exploding beer in my backpack.

Also, you're probably sick of hearing about this (and I don't blame you), but I'm conducting a night-sky photography workshop at Crater Lake this summer. Visit my website or message me for details. Thanks for checking out the photo!

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Good morning, all! Just a note before I launch into this thing, I still have one remaining spot in my 3-day/3-night Crater Lake Night-Sky Photography workshop. You can find more details about it here: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/star-photography-workshops-and-lessons/

"Let the light in"

Short description: The winter Milky Way rises over Mt St Helens (Washington), in this photo from February.

Longer description: Good morning, all! This photo's been in the works for a while now. Despite the nearly total lack of clouds this cold mid-February morning, conditions for this shot weren't the best. A pre-dawn spike in humidity gave everything a gauzy, surreal look, which is something I don't always mind, so long as it's on my terms. Despite these minor setbacks, it's a rare opportunity to get to shoot Mt St Helens from this spot in mid February without encountering any snow, so I and several other photographers jumped at it.

#stars #milkyway #milkywayphotography #mtsthelens #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturelovers

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Hey, everyone, this winter's been a strange one for me, as I've undergone two elbow surgeries, one of which had a fairly significant recovery time with it. Anyway, I finally felt up to trying to capture my first Milky Way photo of 2015, and here it is. View it on a black background for best results.

This is a fairly large panorama; I might chop it down a little bit into a more standard aspect ratio at a later time, but for now this will work. Thanks in advance for the +1s, comments, and shares. They're much appreciated.

#winter #mthood #milkyway #stars

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great shot +Ben Coffman Photography  thanks for sharing with +Mirrors and Reflections 
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Happy new year, everyone! I hope your year's off to a great start. I just realized how I've been slacking off over here on G+, so I'm going to try to make up for lost time. This photo's called "The eye of the needle," and it was taken late this summer at Crater Lake National Park. View it large for best results.
 
Speaking of Crater Lake, I announced my limited 2015 night-sky photography workshop schedule a couple of weeks ago. You can see more here: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/star-photography-workshops-and-lessons/. Contact me if you have any questions.
 
Until next time!
 
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Hey folks, I've been hard at work on my 2015 calendar, which features 13 photos of the starry Oregon sky paired with pithy inspirational quotes. Here's January's page, for example. 

Anyways, I'm now taking pre-orders. The price is $15 plus shipping. You can message me here or contact me at my website (http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com) if you'd like to put in your order. They make great gifts for nature lovers, star and space enthusiasts, or people who just flat-out can't get enough Oregon. And they'll be deliver in PLENTY of time for the holidays. Don't procrastinate! :)

Until next time!
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*Just two spots left in my Fort Rock Museum night-sky photography workshop in August, and three spots left in my Crater Lake night-sky photography workshop in June: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/star-photography-workshops-and-lessons/ *
 
Sometimes it's nice to dispense with subtlety entirely.
 
This photo's nearly two years old, from a trip I took to Durango, Colorado. A little north of the there is the Red Mountain Mining District, where I took my Subaru Forester on some Jeep roads and did some exploring of the historic abandoned mines in the area.
 
None of the original series of photos I took of this particular mine made my quality control standards, for various reasons. An intensely bright "security" light a mile away spilled harsh orange lighting over most of the scene (something I didn't realize would happen when I scouted the area mid-day), and there was something about the distortion resulting from pointing my ultra-wide lens upward that bothered me, so the photos sat.
 
But recently I've been purging the ol' hard drive and decided that someone might actually want to see these photos. So I had a little fun with them and used some Photoshop scripts created by Sathya R of Like The Ocean Photography to try something different.
 
Thanks for checking it out!

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"This dusty ship," one of the rock formations known as The Pillars of Rome sails the seas of sagebrush, deep in the dusty Oregon Outback.

Want to learn how to take and post-process photos like me? I'll be covering my full workflow during my intensive 3-night workshop at Crater Lake National Park in June. Check my website for more details: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com.

Thanks for checking out the photo!

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Bonjour, good people. Sorry I haven't been terribly active on here recently. Trust me, that's going to change.

I have one remaining spot in my Crater Lake night-sky photography workshop that's set for this June. The deadline for the 10% discount for early payment is March 20th, so if you're interested, give it a look over here: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/crater-lake-national-park-night-sky-photography-workshop/

I'd love to have you join me!

This photo's from my last trip to Crater Lake in February. It was quite the journey. As you probably guessed, prints are available for those of you with ugly blank spots on your walls. View it large for maximum impact. Thanks for taking a look!

#craterlake #nightphotography #oregon #naturephotography  
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This stunning show of work has been selected as a most excellent share on +Photo Mania USA and chosen by +Kris Rowlands. Enjoy your day! +Photo Mania USA (curated by +Marjolein Schat, +Dorma Wiggin, +Kris Rowlands and +David Pilasky)!
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Hey, everyone, over the winter break I managed to get away to Joshua Tree National Park for a couple of days and catch some zodiacal light in the east one morning. It was quite a show--possibly some of the clearest z-light I've ever seen with my eyes. Part of that may have been how cold it was--somewhere in the lower 20s Fahrenheit when I took this photo.

One more note: I've already announced my two (and only two) night-sky photography workshop dates for 2015, which can be seen here: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/star-photography-workshops-and-lessons/

These are comprehensive workshops, and the techniques I teach will help in every facet of your photography, from planning to post-processing. If you're looking to jump-start your photo skills this summer, I'd be honored if you let me teach you.

If you're looking to fill blank spaces on your wall, this photo's (titled "A fissure in the stars") is available as a limited-edition print. Contact me for more details.

Thanks for checking out the photo, everyone!

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Thanks, everyone! I appreciate it.
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TwistedSifter did a quick interview featuring some of my photography at their website: http://twistedsifter.com/2014/12/landscape-astrophotography-with-ben-coffman/ 

Let me know what you think. 
 
The World at Night with Clear Skies and No Light Pollution

  Ben Coffman is a landscape photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, who specializes in night photography, in particular ‘landscape astrophotography’ featuring the Milky Way. Not only does this give Ben the opportunity to explore the great outdoors,…
  Ben Coffman is a landscape photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, who specializes in night photography, in particular 'landscape astrophotography' featuring the Milky Way. Not only does...
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+Connie Sinclair Thanks for taking a look, Connie. :)
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Hi, everyone! It's Thursday morning (for me, anyway, consult your phone or wristwatch if you're unsure of the time and day where you are), and it's time for a three-minute vacation.

It's summertime at the Oregon coast, and the sun set 20 minutes ago. The horizon still glows warm, a perfect soft breeze blows your hair from your eyes, and churning waves drum at the base of the sandstone cove where you've watched the sunset with friends. Somewhere around the seventh or eighth wave you hear a heavy, hollow ka-whump, and a six-foot wall of water jumps vertically, just an arm's length in front of you, only to crash straight down. These are the sandstone bluffs of Cape Kiwanda, a strange juxtaposition of tranquility and chaos.

On a different note, I wanted to take this opportunity to offer the following gift-giving advice for this year's holiday season: I urge you to strongly consider buying art. Any kind of art. It doesn't even have to be my prints. 

Buying art for loved ones accomplishes two things: First, it allows the artist to keep producing art. And second, at a time when so many items "consumed" around the holidays are cheap, disposable, and manufactured in questionable circumstances, art is a thoughtful, durable gift that can actually accrue meaning over its lifetime. It (hopefully) won't eventually fill a landfill or clutter up a closet. And not only does serve to remind the owner of the person that gave them the gift, but art will also serve as a conversation piece for guests and visitors for years to come. And I mean YEARS. Nearly every photographer out there (at least nearly all of them that I'm familiar with) is making prints that will last much longer than a lifetime.

Anyway, if you've read this far, thanks for humoring me, and I hope you enjoyed your three-minute vacation. It's time to take a deep breath, steel your resolve, and get back to work.  Until next time!

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