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Brad Goldpaint
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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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We constantly receive technical questions via email from our aspiring supporters on the inter-webs. Inquiries generally include a vast spectrum of subjects ranging from ‘How do I find the Milky Way’ to ‘how can I safely hike in the middle of the night’? For the majority of those who cannot actively participate in our workshops, we are beginning a series of simple and basic, informational tutorials that may help answer some of the most asked questions we receive. For our first topic, we’re going to address our most popular question: how do I find the Milky Way in my area? http://bitly.com/findthemilkyway
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In my area: Step 1 - levitate up about 10,000 feet. Step two, read your article :)
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“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” -Carl Sagan

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Well composed image!
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I'm very excited to announce our 2016 Night Sky Photography Workshop Schedule! Visit http://goldpaintphotography.com/workshops/ for more info.
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Looking forward to it +Terri Barry! 
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Check out this incredible time-lapse video of the aurora borealis from one of our students +Kathleen Kingma! We promise you will not be disappointed! Awesome job Kathleen!
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As usual, +Shawn Reeder continues to inspire. Make sure to take a few minutes to check out his latest film, 'Eternal Spectrum.' 
 
I'm so excited to share my latest film with you! Eternal Spectrum is a collection of dramatic, beautiful timelapse footage gathered as I traveled to some of the most amazing National Parks and locations throughout the American West & New Zealand. I love being out under the stars, watching the moon light up the sky and landscape, the colors of sunrise and sunset, the energy of storms, the magnificence of the sun as it touches the horizon, hiking the trails, climbing the mountains, playing in the ocean, and just getting to experience the awe inspiring beauty of our National Parks and other amazing locations both here & abroad. I hope you enjoy, and sharing is always appreciated!
https://vimeo.com/shawnreeder/eternalspectrum
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Thanks so much for sharing Brad!
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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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Are you interested in learning how to capture the Milky Way, create star trails, or produce time-lapse videos? Come and join us as we teach our Night Sky Photography Workshops! Visit http://bit.ly/gpworkshops for more info.
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Here's a new take on one of my favorite compositions at Arches National Park. 
Aeon Rising shows a possible ending of an eternity or the beginning of a time. Plato used the term Aeon to denote the eternal world of ideas, which he conceived, was "behind" the perceived world. Likewise, we may only see the arched shadows projected on its wall; but if we free ourselves from our own confines, we may see the form of true reality, rather than mere shadows. 2016 Night Sky Photography Workshops
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We're heading back to finish hiking the Pacific Crest Trail! Read all about our upcoming adventure, including how I'm going to carry some new lightweight camera gear for the 1,300 mile long trek here: http://goldpaintphotography.com/2015/05/24/the-trail-is-calling-back-to-the-pacific-crest-trail/

Happy trails,

Brad & Marci
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"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." - John Muir

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nice
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This image was taken last year during a workshop at Mono Lake, located in the Eastern Sierra. Due to a fairly dry year, lake levels were pretty low allowing a different perspective of these tufa (pronounced toofah) formations than previous years. During a good snow year, these large tufa structures have water covering the entire base of them and more. Normally I don't even have my camera out while teaching, but since it was an intimate group and each participant was busy exploring the area, I decided to get a few shots in before the sun set behind the Sierra Nevada Range.

Have a great weekend all!
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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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