A gente vive a vida correndo atrás de coisas grandiosas, sempre buscando vivenciar momentos épicos. Botamos nossa expectativa lá no alto sobre tudo o que vamos fazer... Nem tudo precisa ser complexo, nem tudo precisa ser grandioso, e nem pra tudo precisamos ficar na expectativa. Nesses últimos anos tenho vivido a vida e aceitado de bom grado o que ela me trás. Levou um tempo pra eu conseguir entender que quando a gente se preocupa demais, as chances de nos decepcionamos, das coisas dares errado ou deixarmos de curtir algo de verdade, são muito maiores. Parece que o universo já tem uma receita pronta pra se alcançar a felicidade, e ela sempre foi simples, sempre esteve aqui com a gente. Mas de tanta correria, de tanto nos sentirmos atrasados diante dos outros, deixamos de lado o que realmente funciona. A simplicidade. Pra muitos algo simples, do cotidiano... Pra outros algo extremamente difícil de praticar, pois a vida se tornou tão complexa, que para voltar a ser simples, é necessária uma grande mudança interna. Pra curtir as coisas simples, precisamos nos desconectar do mundo, e nos reconectar à nós mesmos. Viver para si e não para os outros, fazer por você e não para os outros. Amar por você e só por você... Já parou pra reparar a dificuldade que você tem hoje pra simplismente tirar uma noite para observar as estrelas? A culpa não é sua. O mundo se tornou algo pesado. Parece que parar hoje é luxo, são poucos os que conseguem se dar um tempo. Pra muitos se dar um tempo ainda é parar para procrastinar. Ainda é parar para fazer qualquer outra coisa irrelevante. O tempo passa e a gente não percebe quanto tempo podíamos ter investido em nós mesmos. O preço do silêncio e da paz se torna cada vez mais caro e vira um artigo desejado por todos. Olhe pra dentro de você... Ouça pelo que a sua intuição grita. Se dar um tempo não é vergonha ou um desperdício. É necessário. 🙏💚
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Going Deep - Pushing the Limits of Nightscape Photography
Five years ago, shooting with an astro-modified camera or using a tracking mount was considered extremely advanced. Stacking for noise reduction was little known outside the deep sky astrophotography world and low level lighting was associated with interior-design. Today, trackers are widely used and stacking has become a standard procedure. Astro-modified cameras are available directly from manufacturers and low level lighting has found its place in night photography.
Refining known techniques and equipment or shooting from ever more exotic places is great, but where are the future game changers? As deep sky astrophotography has been a constant source of inspiration, future innovations in nightscape photography are likely to come from there again.
In DSO photography, specialized astro-cameras have mostly replaced conventional cameras. They are more sensitive and can be cooled for lower noise. Traditionally however, astro-cameras have been a bad choice for nightscapes, because their monochrome CCD sensors require long exposure times. This translates into heavy mounts, the need for filters, a computer and an external power source. All this makes a conventional deep sky imaging rig too complex, heavy and slow for nightscapes, but things are changing:
New CMOS sensors with shorter exposure times allow the use of simple tracking mounts and tiny rhaspberry pi computers are eliminating the need for a laptop. Now you can take a lightweight imaging rig on a hike.
I therefore decided to abuse my cooled monochrome ASI 1600MM Pro camera for nightscapes. Despite many rookie-mistakes, I consider the result a proof of concept, showing the potential of CMOS astro-cameras for nightscapes. The addition of just 15 minutes of narrowband H-alpha data to the image, reveals nebula details I have never been able to record with my astro-modified Canon EOS 6D.
ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro
ZWO EFW Baader HaLRGB filters
ZWO ASI AIR
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM @ f/4, 135mm
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
Celestron Powertank Lithium
Foreground: 5 x 60s Luminance / 5x60s RGB
Sky: 5 x 180s H-alpha / 20 x 30s Luminance / 10 x 30s RGB
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Since I haven’t been able to shoot in a while, here’s one from the archives! Oneida Falls round in Rickett’s Glen SP is, quite possibly, the most picturesque falls I’ve shot. Just look at it!!
If interested in purchasing a print of this or any others, feel free to DM or email me!
A challenging shoot at Maidens Cove with blasts of wind almost kocking @riaan_west_stories@stephencoetsee and I off the rocks.
In the end it wasn't the wind that got us - but a bail slipping on the algea which resulted in us magestically gliding toward the edge of a rock and into the ocean. It was damn close.
After recovering our pride I got this shot and returned safely back from the edges of the Atlantic to have a lekker dip.
One of Riaan's slip slops unfortunately did not make it back. We will miss you slip slop.
Hope this story doesn't take away the sheer beauty of the Camps Bay in gale force winds and a clear hozion at sunset.
5 second exposure f5,0 ISO 100 at 17mm.
Sony A7iii + Tamron 17-28mm + Lee 0,6 soft grad filer + Lee little stopper ND filter.
It is so simple, but I often forget about it. When shooting a sunrise or sunset, also look behind you. Often I find myself too focused on the sun, especially when the light is good. But this time, I remembered! And I was happy I did, the clouds had a wonderful pink glow. So I decided to go for a bit of a minimalistic photo and let the pink glow shine!
|| TAKE HEART ||
Sometimes, you think that things come easy to your hands.
Sometimes, you understand that you need to try harder to achieve something important in life.
And sometimes, you just need to fight with all your strengths just to get something.
This early morning I had one more of my landscape sessions. The moment I started, I immediately understood this morning was going to be more about action photography.
Fighting with the cold waves, cold weather, and moving rocks, there I was trying to overcome it!
And then I saw it. I saw this little bird of ice, strong as if telling me, I did it, you take heart, and you do it too! And so I did it, like my friend bird. And we overcame!
|| DEVOID OF WILL ||
In an ever faster, each day more blurred world, in which we unknowingly enter, assuring ourselves that we don't do it unintentionally, but only because we want and when we want.
It is with even with greater certainty that we believe that all this speed will stop at the moment we want.