Exploring Photography: The Interstellar World

Capturing the night sky is one of the most compelling, awe-inspiring and rewarding shots for any photographer but the night sky is variable. Some nights are grey and overcast, some filled with stars, yet others are busy with the movement of clouds on weather fronts. Long shutter speeds are the key to capturing imaginative and beautiful images of the sky at night, so be patient and this kind of photography will become second nature to you.

Californian landscape photographer Phil Mosby was captivated by the vast depth and strangeness of the universe and his turned his passion for photography by honing in to the interstellar world

“You find yourself arranging your schedule around the moon, tracking what time it will rise and set, knowing when it’s the brightest, and when the sky will be the darkest,” the web-developer-by-day, landscape-photographer-by-night said.
When the high-altitude air is clear and the moon is barely visible, Mosby will set an alarm for 3 a.m. and crawl out of bed to chase the starry sky with a camera and tripod in tow.
“To shoot a landscape photo that includes the Milky Way, you can only have the tiniest sliver of moon, or no moon at all,” Mosby said. “There are times when the moon doesn’t rise until the early morning, and those are the nights when you get the most vibrant sky.”

The web-developer by day and landscape photography by night captures the night sky on a pier at the edge of Lake Tahoe focusing on the three key elements and has been able to master his craft in capturing the layers of the solar system.

Mosby approaches nighttime photography in a considerably scientific way, he uses a star tracker – a moveable axis that mounts to his tripod and aligns with the North Star, allowing for longer exposures, in which the camera continuously calibrates to the movement of the stars

Star trails are cool, but I want to shoot super-crisp star dots,” Mosby said, “Without a star tracker, you can’t really achieve those results because the earth is moving and that’s going to produce star trails.”

Some of Mosby’s photos have received as many as 2 million views on Reddit, a user-generated online hodgepodge of ideas and information. Below are some stunning examples of his work.

Phil Mosby Landscape photography 3 | Photographing The Interstellar World

Phil Mosby Landscape photography 2 | Photographing The Interstellar World

Phil Mosby Landscape photography 1 | Photographing The Interstellar World

Phil Mosby Landscape photography 4 | Photographing The Interstellar World

This made us scour the web and stumble across the work of Olivier Du Tre. The Belgian/Canadian Landscape Photographer specialises in photographing the Alberta Prairies and the majestic Rocky Mountains around him using film and a wooden 4×5 large format camera.

Olivier-Du-Tre Landscape Photography 3 | Photographing The Interstellar World

Olivier-Du-Tre Landscape Photography 1 | Photographing The Interstellar World

Olivier-Du-Tre Landscape Photography 2 | Photographing The Interstellar World

For more info visit Olivier’s Website.

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