This year has treated us with four “supermoons.” Talented photographer Soumyadeep Mukherjee (previously) has captured them all in a painstaking, but exciting process. He composed them into a single collage, celebrating the beauty of the moon. He told DIYP more about his project, so we bring you some backstory and spectacular images Soumyadeep has taken over the course of 2023.
In August this year, we were treated to two magnificent supermoons. The one on August 30 was also the so-called Blue Moon, so we had quite an incredible sight to gaze at. Astrophotographer Miguel Claro (previously) took his camera and captured the Super Blue Moon as it was rising above a castle. He turned it into a timelapse, and it will take your breath away!
Every once in a while, there are celestial events that catch the attention of the wider public. It might be due to the rarity of the event or sometimes it might just be the ease of viewing. At the end of this month comes rare Super Blue Moon, a celestial event that checks all of the boxes to ensure that while it’s grabbing headlines it will also have photographers grabbing their cameras.
If you missed the supermoon on August 1 this year, don’t despair. In about two weeks’ time, you’ll have another chance to enjoy the view and take some stunning shots. On August 30, a Super Blue Moon will grace the night sky. But there’s more: on the same day, the moon will come close to Saturn, too., giving you a chance for either photography or just sky gazing.
The best camera is the one you have with you, or so the old saying goes. That statement has never been more powerful than now. I recently took a break from Adobe MAX to hit the desert for a short adventure with Russell Brown from Adobe. I wanted to shoot some star trails with a mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z6, but I also wanted to put my iPhone through its paces. Here’s what happened.
NASA has recently unveiled a new collection of mind-blowing images. Images from the two telescopes, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the James Webb Space Telescope were combined to create the most mesmerizing views of two galaxies, a nebula and a star cluster.
Each image combines Chandra’s X-rays (a form of high-energy light) with infrared data from previously released Webb images. This light data is invisible to the unaided human eye. NASA also used data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the retired Spitzer Space Telescope, the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s New Technology Telescope.
I was travelling to Paris for the Easter holidays, and I’d had the idea of capturing the moon framed inside the iconic Arc de Triomphe for some time. Checking my travel dates against the moon phases, everything seemed to line up. It was the perfect opportunity to try to capture this image that I’d had in my mind for some time.
Capturing the perfect shot can be a real challenge, especially when you’re aiming to capture the moon in just the right position and size in relation to a monument. This kind of photo requires some serious planning. The moon’s position and size depend on where you’re standing.
I’ve heard that a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at the office. That’s how I feel about chasing the Milky Way. It’s not only about capturing a beautiful image but is a way to unplug from the hyperconnected world. Before that happens, you typically have to walk up or down a dark trail on a moonless night while trying to talk some sense into the imaginary voice in your head that’s telling you every stray sound is a starving bear or mountain lion with a taste for human flesh.
One’s imagination tends to go into overdrive in total darkness. But when the voice calms down, as it eventually does once your eyes adjust to the dark, you can relax, connect with nature, and revel in awe at the mysterious, starry band of lights called the Milky Way. On this occasion, I didn’t manage to capture the Milky Way as planned. This is how a surprise storm actually made the shot even better than I’d imagined. Sometimes lightning strikes, and you just have to go with it.
I have been light painting for a couple of years now. It is something I enjoy immensely. For me, it is a great pairing between being outdoors in nature and using photography as a creative outlet. With light painting, you can truly create anything you can imagine, and I enjoy the challenge of doing everything in a single exposure.
I wanted to try something different from the usual light painting subjects like stars and hearts. As a volunteer for animal and environmental protection who lives on the coast, I came up with the idea to use seagulls in my picture. Here, I wish to share with you how I created this image. You will see that it’s not difficult, it just requires a little patience and some trial and error.
“There’s something magical about it, I’m addicted.” So says one of the world’s best-known backyard astrophotographers Andrew McCarthy in this beautiful short documentary film titled “Moon Shot”. DIYP has covered countless images shot by McCarthy, each one is just as beautiful and magical as the next.
The film follows McCarthy into the Northern Mojave Desert, California. The photographer is all set to photograph the blood moon eclipse as it rises over Mount Whitney. However, there seems to be some confusion over which peak is the correct mountain.