Last Wednesday, early in the morning, doorbell cameras in Anchorage, Alaska captured more than just the quiet streets of the sleeping town. They caught a giant meteor zooming across the sky, a sight we definitely don’t see every day. It was so bright that it lit up the whole sky for a few seconds, before burning out and seemingly disappearing behind the trees. [Read More…]
You have to be pretty lucky to capture the northern lights in the UK. But how lucky do you have to be to take a nap and wake up to images of aurora borealis on your camera? Believe it or not, this is exactly what happened to Chris Lowther from the UK.
Chris set everything up to take some photos of star trails during the night. He set a timer and took a nap, considering that it was late at night. When he checked the shots, a wonderful surprise was waiting for him: there weren’t only the stars, but his camera also captured the rare northern lights!
When you move away from the city’s light pollution, a whole new world is waiting to be photographed. One of the most popular subjects is certainly our galaxy, and as far as I’m concerned, its sight will never cease to amaze me.
So, I was thrilled to learn that the travel photography blog Capture the Atlas ran another competition for the best Milky Way photo of the year. The results have just been published, and it seems that the top images get better and better every year. Dan Zafra of Capture the Atlas shared some of the winning photos with us, so let us feast our eyes together on these fantastic images.
If you live in a city, photographing night skies is a challenge, to say the least. Light pollution affects our photos and makes the sky suck, coming from the ground and even from the sky. Even though we can’t lower light pollution on a global level, at least we can do something to minimize its impact in our photos. In this video from B&H, astrophotographer Jess Santos will tell you how.
Jess helps you get past light pollution and raise your night sky photos to a higher level. But she also shares some important facts about light pollution that affect more than just our photos.
The Canadian Rockies have always offered breathtaking sights, but take this dramatic mountain setting and pair it with a rare comet that won’t be visible for another 6,800 years and you’ve got the recipe for an awe-inspiring photo opportunity – one that photographers only dream of.
For an Australian mechanical engineer turned award-winning travel and landscape photographer, this dream became a reality in July 2020.
I’m pretty sure that capturing the Northern lights is on every landscape photographer’s bucket list. Well, it sure is on mine. If you’re looking for inspiration and a reason to finally travel and see the Aurora Borealis in person, the travel photography blog Capture the Atlas has a real treat! The winners of the annual Northern Lights Photographer of the Year contest have just been announced, and we share the top images with you.
The day some of us have anxiously been waiting for is just around the corner. Starting tomorrow, the Perseid meteor shower is about to reach its peak. With up to 100 meteors every hour, it’s the most spectacular meteor shower of the year. But we don’t have too much time to observe it, so get prepared as soon as possible.
While there are dozen of meteor showers every year, the Perseids is the best one. And it’s right around the corner, peaking mid-August with up to 100 meteors per hour. So, if you’re up for some night sky photography, now is the right time to get ready to shoot this spectacular sight.
The first thing I always say to the participants of my workshops is to always spend enough time in preparation. I strongly believe that in order to make a good photo, no matter the genre, you have to be prepared as best as you can.
Preparation for astrophotography, at least for me, means not only finding the “ideal” location, checking the weather conditions, setting the gear, etc, but most importantly, to envision the image you want to make before even leaving your home. How the elements will be arranged and set on the frame. In astrophotography, as we are mostly working on difficult, dark conditions, it is not ideal to start searching for possible points of interest and framing scenarios during the night.
This is why my all-time favorite tools when envisioning a photo or an even bigger project are these: a pencil and a notebook.
The Milky Way season is in full swing, and we’re slowly coming back to normal and traveling again in order to take photos. So, shall we celebrate with a set of stunning Milky Way photos? Wait, don’t answer that – of course we shall!
Capture the Atlas has selected the top ten images of the Milky Way taken all over the world. If you are planning an astrophotography trip soon, these will kickstart your inspiration. But even if you are staying home, you’ll still enjoy these photos and their otherworldly beauty.