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Brad Goldpaint
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Attended Southern California Institute of Architecture


Don't forget, tonight you have a chance to witness a spectacular lunar eclipse when the moon turns 'red.' The show begins around 11pm PDT and lasts until 2:30am PDT. If you want to know more, check out this video from Michael Zeiler

This image was taken during a lunar eclipse on December 10, 2011. This was a unique opportunity when the eclipsed moon was setting behind Mount Shasta. Definitely an experience I will never forget. 

Share with your friends and let them know about tonight's eclipse!

Stay warm and enjoy!
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Very cool
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Our workshops are selling out and I'm guessing our Eastern Sierra Tour will fill up next! This extensive and magnificent region, where the desert meets the high granite mountains, was created by a series of ancient glaciers, massive earthquakes, and erupting volcanoes. The salty region of Mono Lake lies just below the Sierra Crest to the east. Eerie skeletons of petrified stones called tufa’s, lurk between the shadows and provokes comparisons to a lunar landscape.

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Garden of Eden

Mother Nature created a spectacular display of light in the Garden of Eden, located in Arches National Park yesterday. This area was named the ‘Garden of Eden’ because early visitors thought they saw rock formations resembling Adam and Eve. In this image you can see Turret Arch, slightly covered by a shadow from a nearby rock formation and the La Sal Mountains in the distance.

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I love the gorgeous colors!!  This would be a great share for +Landscape Photography !!
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The Milky Way and Venus rise behind Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. 

We just wrapped up our first two sold out workshops here in Joshua Tree National Park! We now head east for 2 months! More updates from the road coming soon. 

If interested in joining us, visit our 2014 Night Sky Photography Workshops page ( for more info.
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Dude it's like every photo you post becomes my new favorite. Magnificent work here.
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We just wrapped up our first sold out workshop here in Joshua Tree National Park! Mother Nature showed up in the form of heavy wind and rain on the first night, and the group thought they would not have a chance to come away with some decent shots. We modified our schedule and held classroom instruction during the storm and was rewarded with the most clear, star-filled second night that I have ever seen here! It just goes to show how flexibility, perseverance, and patience is important when trying to shoot the night sky. A big thank you goes out to the entire group who kicked off our 2014 season!

This incredible stunner comes from Willem ( who traveled all the way from the Netherlands to attend the workshop.
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+Brad Goldpaint I seen you on Oprah. But... I don't understand why you don't engage your fans on +Google+?
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This gorgeous image comes from Thomas Piekunka ( who captured this stunner during his second workshop with me. After Tom took his first workshop, I was blown away by how fast he excelled in his astrophotography. Within weeks he was capturing the Milky Way in the Eastern Sierra and I couldn't be happier to see him take these new skills to the next level. Congratulations Tom and looking forward to our next adventure!

Here's what Tom had to say about the workshop:

"I went back to Arches National Park last week on my second workshop with Brad. As expected, he went above and beyond to make sure we made the most out of the opportunities we had out in the field. Brad is a knowledgeable, gracious and patient instructor. He spent time with students who needed more help and offered supportive suggestions to more advanced participants. The fact that Brad doesn't have any camera gear emphasizes the point that he is concerned with our, the students, getting the most out of our experience. Brad stands apart from others in that regard.

I was excited to see how Brad's post-processing workbook had expanded and changed with more intuitive methods. It is clear that Brad stays up to date with the latest software developments and processing techniques. 

Brad is an outstanding instructor and person. I would highly recommend his workshops, regardless of location. You can rest assured that you will improve as a photographer - compose better, process more intuitively, after you take one of Brad's courses."

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I Witness

There are endless opportunities here in Arches National Park. This image includes Zodiacal light and the Milky Way at Balanced Rock. Can you spot the person in the image?

We wrapped up our first 5 day, sold out workshop in Arches National Park & Canyonlands National Park. I'll be posting some of the participants images and testimonials in the coming days.
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It doesn't get much better than this... excellent!

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We just published an update from the road with tales from our adventures and much more! You can read it here:
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We are now on +Instagram! You can follow us at
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Great news! We have now opened enrollment for the first night sky photography workshop to be held inside of Glacier National Park!

This exclusive workshop is restricted to 6 participants and only 2 spaces remain.
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Landscape Astrophotographer, Architect & Designer
Two great passions of mine are wilderness travel and the night sky. As the images of other photographers have inspired me to explore different terrains, I hope my own contributions will inspire others to do the same. I am most interested in capturing inspirational elements within our natural world. Photography became a passion for me while studying Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the International Institute of Architecture in Vico Morcote, Switzerland beginning in 2002. Born and raised in Southern California, I discovered an escape from the concrete jungles of urban life while traveling throughout the Pacific North and Southwest. After graduating with an Architecture degree in 2005, I started working for a firm in Los Angeles known for their very modern and contemporary design philosophy.

Two years ago I suffered the sudden loss of my mother and what I thought was meaningful work, drastically changed for me. I began to question my life and the direction I wanted to take with it. So last year, I decided to put on my backpack and experience Mother Nature’s pristine finest and allow myself time for some deep introspection, by hiking and photographing 1300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT is a wilderness hike that begins at the Mexico border near Campo, California and ends in Manning Park, British Columbia. Outdoor photography soon became a daily ritual of documenting and communicating my experiences from capturing fields of wildflowers in the Mojave Desert to vast landscapes from some of the highest peaks on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I believe what separates me from other photographers is my experience “living” in the deep wilderness and going to places most people never get to see in a lifetime. For example, I see it as a good time packing up my “home” and trekking through mosquito infested, muddy, and snow-packed passes to capture a visual moment. In addition, I have been known to willingly perch myself on a 1000 foot shear vertical ledge, wade in knee deep snowmelt, or sneak up dark trails with eyes staring back at me from the glare of my headlamp, to get the perfect perspective and composition for a shot.

Many asked why I became interested in taking photos and my fascination with the night sky. For me, it seemed like a natural progression because there are many similarities between Architecture and Photography. Architecture uses visual representations of fixed patterns to evaluate things in real time. Likewise, visual elements within my photos, its design, how it is made, and what each photograph communicates, is my attempt at capturing meaning, emotion, and familiarity for you. Capturing the night sky in relation to earthly landscapes is my visual representation of [wo]man’s search for meaning. For example, the galaxy may represent the unknown or future, while the chosen landscape may represent our physical limitations and being in the present moment. I view the art of photography as the distilling of reality into a personal vision by using modern tools of the trade. The moment I trip the cameras shutter, my hope for you, is that my images crystallize your feelings in each captured frame…for a single moment in time.

Today, I license images for all manner of editorial use and sell fine art prints. If you wish to purchase prints or are interested in a commercial license, please visit my purchase page for more info. I specialize in landscapes, seascapes, and astrophotography ranging from high altitude wilderness areas and coastal ranges, to time lapse videos of the Milky Way.
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
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