While checking the weather forecast for a shoot I had this weekend I headed over to Weather.com like I always do and I noticed a great night photo so I followed the link. It was a short article with a series of night photos all by Portland, Oregon based photographer Ben Canales. I noticed a shot that looked familiar and I didn’t know why until I saw that it won the Grand Prize in National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest in 2011. Thats where I had first seen the photo below.
Ben writes about this photo on his 500px page:
In youth, the stars were fertilizer for stories and adventures. Shooting stars became wishes. Late summer nights laying out alone or with friends were the moments our lives took on idealized direction- goals and ambitions took root while wide eyed at the lights in the sky. We didn’t know it, but the crazy talk and thoughts wild with no limit in that big sky were our dreams forming. Goals and ambition quietly crystallized under the stars.
For those that are inspired by Ben’s work and want to give it a go on your next outing or camping trip, below is a tutorial he made a few years ago but its very helpful and will get you going in the rigt direction.
Below is more of Ben’s work, be sure to check it out and then head over to Ben’s Facebook page for a ton more images and what he has been working on lately. Ben is also part of a video production company called Uncage the Soul that does a bunch of amazing timelapse videos that we will feature here in a later post.
The Star Trail
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