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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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Hi folks, I'm a week post-surgery and in a cast from my shoulder to my wrist. Typing (among other things) is still rather difficult and I have a whole Internet's worth of Netflix instant that remains unstreamed, so I'm going to keep this short. But before I get into this particular photo I wanted to thank everyone again for all of the well wishes and good thoughts. 

Here's a photo of Washington's Falls Creek Falls, as seen a couple of weeks ago on a rainy morning. There wasn't much fall color, but it was a lovely morning hike spent with trail users of all stripes: Smiling mountain bikers trying not to slip on tree roots, speedy solo hikers unencumbered by photo equipment, and a bunch of chanterelle hunters armed with plastic buckets. Everything seemed to be in harmony and everyone having a great time in the Pacific Northwest's great outdoors. 

Thanks again for following me on my photo journey!

+LandscapeArtTuesday  curated by  +Christina Deubel #LandscapeArtTuesday

#washington   #washingtonstate   #waterfall   #landscapephotography  
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Hi, everyone, it's a quick post tonight since I'm still recovering from elbow surgery and my right arm's in a cast, but I thought I'd share this photo of the Astoria-Megler Bridge that I took last week. "Into the ether" is its title, and if you're looking to fill a blank spot on your wall, prints are 15% off for the next week.

Also, one another note: If you're interested in learning post-processing techniques from me in person (rather than over Skype or Google Hangouts), and you live in the Portland, Oregon, area I'm going to be doing a series of small-group post-processing workshops over the winter. These will be inexpensive 3-4 hour sessions that will feature some group instruction as well as one-on-one work with whatever RAW files you want to bring. Message me or comment for more details.

Thanks for checking out the photo!

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Thanks, +Simos Xenakis!
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Hey everyone, it's waterfall Wednesday! To celebrate, here's a photo I took on a trip to Fairy Falls in the Columbia River Gorge last week. Pictured below is "Cascadia's throne," one of several photos that I've processed from the jaunt. If this sort of thing interests you, you can read (and see) more about it at my blog: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/2014/10/fair-falls-columbia-river-gorge/

Thanks for eyeballing my work, everyone. Have a great day!

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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!

Ben Coffman Photography
http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com

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Hey, folks, here's a photo of one of Crater Lake's iconic whitebark pines that I took during a workshop in early September. For best results, you'll want to view it on black. You can learn a little more about the photo, including some technical details and some insight into  my creative processes, over at my blog: http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/2014/11/1776/

Thanks for checking it out!

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Thanks so much, +Kocbek Aleš in Mojca​! :)
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Hi, all, I just realized that I hadn't posted this one over here yet. This is the Yaquina Bay Bridge, in Newport, Oregon. Jay Howard and I headed that way for some night photography at the end of the summer, and this bridge was one of our first stops. It was kind of a challenging shoot--the number of overly bright, oddly colored lights on the bridge was a concern, and this one took a good amount of massaging in post to look how I wanted.

Notes: This one's a 5 or 6-frame pano (I shot each frame vertically). If you look really closely you'll see a crescent moon just under the bridge.

Thanks for checking it out!

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"The nodding giant"

Mt Jefferson, a small high-alpine lake, and the Milky Way emerging from deep twilight

I'm just going to say it: I didn't get nearly enough backpacking this summer. I did better than I did last summer, but I certainly didn't cover as much ground as I'd hoped.

I get struck by these pangs of regret around the first of October every year. I dig out my worn and folded "greatest summer ever" checklist, written sometime last April, and note that fewer than half of my plans have been fulfilled. But then I look at the items that were checked off: More than half a dozen national parks, backpacking on the Olympic coast, quick trips to Broken Top and Jefferson Park...

These moments when I realize that it's getting to be too late for non-snowy trips into the Oregon backcountry are certainly bittersweet. With that said, this summer was more sweet than bitter, and this photo was taken on a pretty great (albeit quick) backpacking trip to Jeff Park. It was my first visit, but it won't be my last.

If you have big empty spaces on your walls, prints of this one are 15% off for the next week. And man oh man this is going to look good on aluminum. As always, more of my photos can be seen at <a href="http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com" rel="nofollow">my website</a>.

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Thank you, +Connie Sinclair!
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Thanks for stopping by my photography page! Additional images and print information can be found at my website www.bencoffmanphotography.com.