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Crater Lake under the Stars | by Ben Canales
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Crater Lake under the Stars


Entry for Astronomy Photographer of the Year:

This is a 9 image stitch. 5 for the sky, 4 for the landscape. Images were taken consecutively, in as tight a time period as possible.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA



*long sigh of relief*

Man, it feels good to have this one done.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.


It's a 9 pano stitch. 5 exposures for the sky, 4 for the landscape. It's been a bear to process and edit. But I am psyched to see this printed as large as it can go!


I've lived here in Oregon for 3 yrs now, and this was my first trip to this National Park. Chip McAlpine was kind to have me along on his trip. He saw the break in the weather in the perfect star conditions and made the trip. I freaked out when I heard he was going and begged myself along. I can't thank him enough for the opportunity and the fact he did all the driving while I snored!


This image represents alot of effort for me. It put a strain on me physically, emotionally, mentally, and even with my relationships. I am very pleased with the result and am happy that if there was something to put all the strain on life- then this may have lived up to the demands.


Being a digital photographer is a weird thing. I consider myself a creative artist, but the process and lifestyle seems comical compared to other traditional arts. If you sit in front of a canvas on an easel painting for a month, it's evident you're a painter and the work process is very viewable. If you're a songwriter, you can spend night after night at the piano hammering out the melody and lyrics. It's not wondered what you're doing when someone walks in on you. A writer has some of that mystery in the process I guess.

But, as a digital photographer- it's a struggle to justify the process of sitting in front of a computer for three days to process something. If I was a film photographer, then spending three nights in the darkroom makes sense. But, three days in front of Photoshop and Lightroom seems more like I'm just surfing the web. *laughing*

We have a new reality to accept.


Anyway, amazing trip. Amazing experience.

Here's a "night shooters" blessing I'm working on,

"May your skies be clear,

The moon rise behind you,

Your batteries fully charged,

And your morning drive home safe."


Thanks for visiting :-)

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Taken on May 15, 2011