Crooked River

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    I'm loving this one.
    When I took the first practice shot of this comp, I gave a "Whoa!" when I saw it on my preview screen. I've been looking forward to getting this one out since I shot it.

    It's been a fun week. My friend Andy from Jersey came to hang out on his way out to Alaska. It's funny, cause he's a warm weather, boat and water type of guy; but he's heading to Anchorage for the Winter to be with his sister and her family. I look forward to hear how he likes a Winter in Alaska! *laughing*

    If you enjoy my star shots, keep your eye on my website. My main web presence has been here on Flickr, but I'm starting to get all my shots here over to there, and also have some images up on the website I don't have here.

    Hope you all have a fun Halloween :-)

    Joel deWaard, Greg-0, iM@n, SybsPics, and 44 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Eric.Vogt 62 months ago | reply

      I love this vertical pano, excellent work Ben! What a spectacular night shot, I don't think you could have conveyed it much better.

    2. girltwin 62 months ago | reply

      Beautiful stars, the reflection is even better. great post.

    3. Joel deWaard 62 months ago | reply

      I like night shots to be just slightly too dark... personal preference. I love the comp and how the curve of the river with the reflections draws you in.

    4. Greg-0 62 months ago | reply

      Stunning view of Smith Rock. The tall comp and those stars are pretty freakin awesome.

    5. iM@n 62 months ago | reply

      what a dreamy sky

    6. SybsPics 62 months ago | reply

      Just a fabulous shot.

    7. icecubephoto - trying to catch up 62 months ago | reply

      (grumbling) spoilt Oregonian bast- Oh hey Ben, beautiful image! :)

      Re rendering night images dark or not, IMO as long as you have tonal separation between the various elements (land/sky/water/etc.) you're good. Which you do, so you're good.

    8. thekellyscope 62 months ago | reply

      What camera do you shoot with? I'm amazed at the ridiculously small amount of noise on your images, especially the single long exposure ones!

      Anyway, I've been browsing through your images, and your compositional and technical skills blow me away. Keep up the great work :)

    9. Ben Canales 62 months ago | reply

      @Mark- too funny man
      Thanks for the input on the light levels.
      It's a tricky thing for me

      @Kellyscope- thanks alot man! I saw one of your photo sets was "Bucks County" Would that happen to be Bucks County, PA??
      I'm originally from Jersey, but my grandparents live in Bucks County
      I shoot with a 5d Mark ii, so it's damn killer for low light. The noise levels is something all us night shooters struggle with.
      If you're trying night stuff yourself, don't worry about the noise right now. First, focus on going out and just getting shots. Ignore the noise. You'll get better processing the noise out and learning ways to avoid noise as you go on

    10. thekellyscope 62 months ago | reply

      Ben Canales It is Bucks County, PA :) I lived there for a few years, but now I'm off to college in Pittsburgh (horrible for stars). Every time I leave I try to get some star shots. I got some good ones while I was down in the Grand Canyon and this summer I hope to make some journeys out to some dark areas of the country.

      Anyway, your shots inspire me, so I must thank you for that :)

    11. Ben Canales 62 months ago | reply

      @Kelly- that's awesome :-)
      If you're up for a drive, you should check out this park in PA. I haven't been there yet, but I'm thinking of checking it out when I go home to visit over Christmas
      I'm really happy to be an inspiration :-)

    12. dmkdmkdmk 62 months ago | reply

      Great picture. The subject really looks promising. I'm just not that sure about the framing. Why did you chose such a narrow upright format?

    13. Ben Canales 62 months ago | reply

      David Kaplan
      Thank you!
      I wanted to focus on the mirroring of the sky and the river.
      But the river is a narrow one, so I stacked 3 horizontal shots on top of each other. The result was a very narrow vertical panorama. And I was very curious to see what this type of framing would look like
      I could have made it wider, but it would have required shooting another 6 frames to stitch into the final composotion
      so... I guess I got a bit lazy

    14. poorpoor 61 months ago | reply

      Wow! Unfortunately, I'm at work now but I can't wait to get home and comb through your stream!

    15. calamityjan2008 59 months ago | reply

      Well......I've read all the comments and have to say I love everything about this shot......from the tall narrowness of it to the magical light and reflections. Wow......what a lot of stars you've captured. I've been noticing how many of the best shots come from the 5D mark II. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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