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I've been trying to capture an image of the moon rising behind Mount Shasta during sunset for some time. I used The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) to help plan exactly where I needed to be to get this shot. I was hoping for alpenglow, but unfortunately clouds prevented that from happening. Regardless, I love the way the moon is positioned and the way it glows in this single exposure. The time-lapse was a big hit at our opening at the Gallery in Mount Shasta last weekend.
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+Brad Goldpaint that was quite off :-) I just assumed you took it earlier this month. But it looks like the moon hasn't risen on 1/5/2015 5:46pm. Probably 6:46pm assuming you forgot to change the summer time back on your camera ;-)
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Have you had a chance to see our latest time-lapse video? 

When was the last time you experienced a clear view of the Milky Way? Tell us about it in the comments!
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Absolutely fantastic. Thumbs up !  :-)
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In a few days we will be releasing a trailer to our latest project, "Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen."

In the meantime, here's a teaser frame from the upcoming video captured in Arches National Park. 

Stay tuned!
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2015 Night Sky Photography Workshops

Our 2014 workshop season was a huge success! Students came from all over the world and learned how to capture our disappearing night skies near some of the most spectacular scenic locations in the western US. Many left with an increased sense of awareness about light pollution and the effects it has on our wilderness surroundings. They also forged new friendships with like-minded individuals for continued collaboration and support once they left our workshops and began using their new techniques with their images at home. 

The public’s response has been so positive and we get daily inquiries about conducting workshops in 2015. Although we have committed ourselves to a long-term project next year, we will open enrollment to a very limited amount of 3-day workshops to accommodate demand. If you are thinking about joining us in 2015, we recommend signing up as soon as possible. Visit for more info.
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We are settling in nicely in our new home in the woods of Mount Shasta and preparing for winter. It's so nice to be home, under a log cabin roof, after living in a motor home for a full year. I've been very busy going through the footage I captured throughout the last few years and am looking forward to sharing more with you all in the coming months. Until then, here's an image from the Three Sisters Wilderness captured back in August.

We will be announcing the dates and destination for a few workshops in 2015 soon, so make sure to sign-up for our newsletter here ( so you don't miss out. I will only be teaching 3 workshops during the entire year due to a long term project we have committed ourselves to... more on that later.
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Nice man, that snow against the sky is so rad.
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The aurora borealis over Sparks Lake in Central Oregon was one of the most incredible scenes I've ever witnessed and I still can't believe I was lucky enough to capture it. If you missed it, you can see the time-lapse video here:

The sun was very active a few days ago and unleashed a powerful X class solar flare; the same kind of flare that created this spectacular light show at Sparks Lake. Sky watchers, even those at mid-latitudes, should be on the lookout for auroras in the coming nights.

When in doubt, head out, and look to the poles.
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can you take me on your next field trip? lol great job you have
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The Gallery in Mount Shasta presents the latest works of Brad Goldpaint including an extended look of his latest time-lapse film, “Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen.” The opening reception begins at 4pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Gallery in Mount Shasta.

Hope to see you there!
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Good luck, Brad! Have a wonderful show.
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We would like to thank's +Philip Plait for featuring 'Illusion of Lights'! Click on the link and make sure to check out Phil's latest Crash Course Astronomy episode, “Naked-Eye Observations”.
I am a big fan of Brad Goldpaint’s astrophotography. His images of the night sky are crisp and clear, vivid and astonishing. He also creates amazing time-lapse videos, which I’ve featured on this blog many times. Now, in Episode 2 of Crash Course Astronomy, “Naked-Eye Observations”, I talked about light...
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Illusion of Lights introduces you to the concept of movement and time that visually explores our night skies. Beginning with the dazzling chaos of urban light pollution, the film takes you on a magnificent trip across pristine wilderness areas and shares with you the wonders of our night skies. With hundreds of thousands of gorgeous images produced especially for this project, Illusion of Lights gives you scene after scene of unique and detailed views from locations few will ever encounter. Fly over high altitude peaks, soar with the wind, and follow the Milky Way as it dances through the afterhours. From beyond the stars to beneath our feet, each time-lapsed sequence gives the viewer a visual narrative that attempts to communicate what the artist experiences each night in the field; natures expressions of human curiosity and ambition.

Brad Goldpaint spent 3 years of creative exploration crafting visual metaphors which reflect aspects of existence that are often hidden from everyday sight. We interact with these miracles on a daily basis yet we are amazed at the infinite magnitude of our planet. We encourage you to raise your eyes towards the night sky. Explore. Realize you are a part of the illusion and the universe is a part of you.

Learn more about the film by visiting

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Brilliant, Fascinating, a pleasure to browsing using ... Thank you very much
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It still hasn't snowed where we live in Mount Shasta. Instead of waiting for the snow to come to me, I decided to go up and meet the snow. After a brutal climb up 3,500 feet in 3 miles, I was blessed with this beautiful view all to myself. The lake hadn't frozen over yet, put there was a small cluster of ice that stirred in the water. I was lucky enough to have clear skies throughout the evening for some much needed stargazing and then this spectacular light show in the morning. 

It feels good to be home!
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This year we instructed over 90 eager participants from all over the world about how to capture the night sky. Our alumni are applying their new skills they learned in our workshops to various inspiring locations and we are very impressed with the results coming in. 

One of our most enthusiastic students, +Sashikanth chintla took his first workshop with us last year in Central Oregon. He not only came with a deep desire to learn, but also deeply respects and understands how precious dark skies are becoming.  Through a lot of hard work and determination, he quickly progressed not only in still imagery of the night sky, but also in time-lapse photography.  Before joining us again in Glacier National Park for his second workshop with us, Sashi set off on an inspiring adventure for 12 consecutive days. He drove close to 3000 miles in search of epic locations around the country and practiced his craft. One of his locations included this gorgeous image of the Palouse Falls in Washington. We are told that later this year, Sashi will be compiling all of the footage he captured from his travels to create a time-lapse video. We are confident that his enthusiasm and dedication will filter through his work, so make sure to add him to your circles and check out his website at

We will post more images from our alumni next week!
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what is amazing photos!
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Creators Bliss

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"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."
--John Keats

1 space opened up today for our last workshop at Crater Lake National Park! This is the last space available until 2016! Visit for more info.
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Darn!  I would love to create some of this bliss with you, but I'm also working that weekend.  Beautiful shot!
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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.
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