August 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Stargazing

by twistedsifter




star gazing crater lake national park ben canales Picture of the Day: Stargazing
Photograph by BEN CANALES


Photographer Ben Canales is the grand prize winner of the National Geographic Traveler’s Photo Contest for 2011. His stunning self-portrait was taken at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Ben’s submission details as follows:

Here on my first time visit to Crater Lake National Park, I wanted to leave with an image that I could look back on and remember the experience. I was with a friend taking pictures also, and before I took the picture, I called over to him and said, “Hey man, watch this!” With a laugh, I spread my arms out and fell backwards into the snow. A second later, the camera timer clicked the shutter and the long exposure began. After the shutter clicked back closed, I stayed on the ground for a good while staring up mesmerized by all the sparkling stars overhead. – Ben Canales

I think we can all relate to the feeling Ben must be experiencing as he gazes at the sky in awe and wonderment. A truly deserving winner of the grand prize. Congratulations Ben! Be sure to check out: for more of Ben’s work.



via National Geographic