“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.
Fortunately, they seem to figure it out, and 7 hours later, we are treated to the view down McCarthy’s telescope as he successfully photographs the eclipse.
These guys made a documentary about my work and I absolutely love it 🥰 Beautifully shot and scored, it has the perfect buildup to the reveal of the images I captured that night. https://t.co/YJ3OJq26CT pic.twitter.com/PKN5cgqm9B
— Andrew McCarthy (@AJamesMcCarthy) February 5, 2023
The amazing thing about McCarthy is that he started out on a whim with a cheap telescope and DSLR to see what he could see. Once he was able to see the magnificent colors of the universe on the LCD of his camera, McCarthy says he was hooked, and the rest is history.
He’s currently one of the world’s best-known astrophotographers and has transitioned his hobby into a career. “If there’s one thing I can do to positively change the world, it’s getting people more aware of how accessible space is,” McCarthy says, adding that he wants to “get people [as] excited and passionate about the Cosmos as I am.”
McCarthy’s images certainly do that, and one thing that really comes across in the film is his enthusiasm for photographing space. You can see more of McCarthy’s images on his website or follow him on Instagram.