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Have a great #AstroFriday  and Valentine's Day!! Thanks for this beautiful light painting, +Ben Coffman Photography 
 
Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! I don't have any romantic photos to share, so I'm going to share this photo I recently reprocessed. This is Delicate Arch, and I took the photo this summer. I also did a little bit of blogging about the happy accident that led to the creation of this image, check it out at http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com/blog.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

+AstroFriday  curated by  +Dawn Peterson +Nimesh Patel #AstroFriday

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+Night Photography Friday  curated by  +Mark Hammon +Steve Passlow #NightPhotographyFriday

#lightpainting   #archesnationalpark   #delicatearch   #milkyway   #milkywayphotography  
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Comet! #AstroFriday  
 
Last Fri/Sat night I spent some late (or early? :) hours on the beach trying to photograph the comet C/2013 R1 ( Lovejoy). While it was fairly low on the sky and within the area worst affected by the local light pollution, this stack of 51 exposures shows nonetheless some details on its very long tail.

Equipment used: Canon EOS 5D mk III, 200mm f/2.8L lens at f/2.8, 50s exposures,  ISO 800, a camera tripod with Astrotrac.

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Fantastic image of Andromeda, thanks for sharing +Mika Yrjölä!! #AstroFriday  
 
My first contribution for +AstroFriday is a shot of the Andromeda Galaxy / M31.  As it happens, this was also the first time I tried photographing M31 as a primary target of the photo.

Technical details: 23x68s of exposure, taken with Canon EOS 5D mk III and 200mm f/2.8L. Processed with the venerable IRIS and CinePaint.

As a curiosity, I realised only later that IRIS had actually demosaiced the individual RAW files in such a way that the red and blue pixels on the Bayer matrix had switched places, causing colours that are increasingly off the further you go away from pure green. I made a version with this issue corrected, but found out that I actually prefer this "incorrect" colour scheme.

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+Ben Coffman Photography has some fantastic night photography shots - be sure to follow on g+. Have a great weekend!
 
Happy Friday! I hope everyone who celebrated the Fourth is doing well and that your fireworks were free of those tricky fast fuses. 
Here's a photo of an old fire truck that I took just about a month ago in Shaniko, Oregon, on a trip out east with Gigi Peek (of Gigi Peek Photography--go check her out). If anyone happens to know the make, model, and year of this thing, I'd love to hear it in the comments.

Anyway, this was a really challenging location to shoot, even in the middle of the night, because of the low-pressure sodium vapor streetlights. They seriously try to light the downtown area to daylight in Shaniko. I did my best to hide the most potent streetlight behind the truck itself, but then it took a lot of work in post-processing to calm everything down to its current state from a color that I would best describe as "radioactive urine." 

These next few weeks are going to be pretty exciting. A few of my previously unpublished photos will be appearing in a publication due out in a few weeks (more on that later), I'm still working on my limited-edition aluminum prints of Delicate Arch (for those of you who have inquired about that), my first summer photography workshop is next week, and I have some great photo shoots scheduled for the next month or so, including an exciting trip to The Enchantments in a few weeks.

So how's your summer going? Are you wringing every bit of warm, fun, summery goodness from it? Until next time, amigos!

+AstroFriday  curated by  +Dawn Peterson +Nimesh Patel #AstroFriday

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Subtle, beautiful #AstroFriday  - thanks for the share, +Peter Gogolin!
 
The Path

The path laying in front of me gets clearer and clearer. After many weeks of irretations and misunderstandings, it comes in sight what I need and what I want. I will hurt people, I will make some others happy...
But this is still me... I hope! :D

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Thanks for the share, +Alistair Knock - I still wait for the day when I see such a sight in person, let alone photograph it. ;) #AstroFriday  
 
Aurora Borealis in Greenland V

Curtains of green aurora borealis twist over the icebergs and mountains of Rypefjord, Greenland.    Five second exposure taken from the deck of a slowly rolling ship, so the dark foreground is a little soft, but if you're looking at the foreground you're missing the point!

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I can just get this in before the end of #AstroFriday  :) Well, eastern US time.  Have a great weekend, and thanks for the gorgeous share as usual, +Ben Coffman Photography!  (Ahh, beautiful Arches - never been but it's at the top of my list of national parks I need to explore!)
 
Hi, folks, this moment of computer-bound stargazing brought to you by Arches National Park, featuring Delicate Arch. I took this photo last summer on a particularly warm night, and I'm looking forward to revisiting the park when a) I'm a little less rushed and b) when it's a little cooler, perhaps in the spring. 

As always, this photos (and others!) are available as prints from my website, http://www.bencoffmanphotography.com. Thanks for giving the photo a look-see!

+AstroFriday  curated by  +Dawn Peterson +Nimesh Patel #AstroFriday

+Night Photography Friday  curated by  +Mark Hammon +Steve Passlow #NightPhotographyFriday

#nightphotography   #milkyway   #milkywayphotography   #milkywaygalaxy   #stars   #coolstuff  
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Beautiful first attempt at astrophotography by +Roee Chesner - keep 'em coming!! ;)
 
My first attempt on astrophotography.

The photo is a 6 photo panorama. I tried to stich more to the left of the frame, but didn't succeed..

D7100, Tokina 11-16, f2.8, 30s, iso 4000
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You can see the yellow laser (for the AO - adaptive optics - system) coming from the Keck dome in this shot by +Nimesh Patel .  Have a great weekend!
 
Subaru and Keck observatories, Mauna Kea.
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#AstroFriday is a photo theme for all things astronomy. This includes, not only traditional astrophotography, but also photos of sunrises, sunsets, aurorae, telescopes and observatories, etc.

If you'd like to participate, simply add +AstroFriday to your post and use the #AstroFriday hashtag. We will post some of our favorites here!