Ben Canales

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"... the sight of the stars makes me dream..."

Published November 12th, 2012

Regardless whether you grow up in a crowded city or the middle of nowhere; in this century or a millennia ago- the sight of the stars draw out the same reaction in us all as we look up: dreams.

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Take my Parents to see the Stars

Published July 17th, 2012

I've been living in Oregon for four years now and have come to love this place dearly. Finally, this week, my parents have come out for their first visit to Oregon. We all agreed a night under the stars was a must-happen kind of thing. We drove about 5 hours out into Central Oregon up to the Pine Mountain Observatory. I really didn't care to show them the view of the telescopes (they're difficult to see out of and somewhat old), but really just wanted to take them up the hill to see the stars and Milky Way as it should be seen with little light pollution and clear sky. The hilltop is about 6000ft and has a 360 degree view, the highest point back home in New Jersey is about 105ft, so *laughing* this was a special treat!

My mom was a little freaked about walking up in the dark, but we made it up. It was very windy, but low wall rock shelters make perfect windbreaks and spots to sit or lie down and look at the stars.

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Here was the primary shot from the night. I\'ll upload this to 500px officially later this year. But for now, those of you that read the blog- you get the sneak peak! 
<br/>This is Palouse Falls from INSIDE at the bottom. It really is incredible.

Palouse Falls Night

Published June 6th, 2011

The popular saying is, "a picture is worth a thousand words."

And I agree.

http://500px.com/photo/800444

But, sometimes, I think also, "the story about how you took the picture, takes thousands of words to tell," should be followed up with the more popular part!

So, in that mindset, here's the experience of getting the "Palouse Falls at Night" shot.

I start my story at around 1am, with my descent down the small trail to the base of the falls:

I started the trail down into the bowl. The trail is nerve wracking in the day. Make it night; with no moon in the sky- and it get’s to be treacherous. I quickly covered the first half getting to the lip of the falls and inside edge of the bowl. It was incredible hearing the falls roar, and barely being able to see anything in the dark. My senses were on overdrive, and my heartbeat was thumping non-stop. Being on the edge of the falls, and the beginning of the sketchy traverse trail to go below, I had a decision point to make. Proceed or abo ...

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