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A few words on the astrophotographer...
My passion for astronomy goes back quite a while ago, apparently long before I said my first words. For me it's just a vague souvenir, but my parents often talk about instances of me around age 1 having eyes filled with amazement and questions while staring at the moon. I don't actually have tangible memories of that, but perhaps that's why today, when I look up at night, I can't help but notice our moon, our solar system's other distant worlds, the Milky Way's arc of stars, the fuzzy Andromeda galaxy, and all those bright patches of colours that are the nebulas that make up our amazing night sky.
It goes without saying that Astrophotography is a complex form of photography which can take lots of high-end equipment, heavy post-processing and extensive amounts of planning and organisation. However, there is a lot you can do with entry-level gear, such as beautiful landscape images and widefield deep space vistas with the proper techniques and knoledge! Expensive gear only makes the post-processing part easier.
Rocking some mid-tier equipment but some powerfull post-processing skills, here I am with almost 5 years of experience that allows me to capture some of the skies most stunning vistas, from wide landscapes, to deep sky objects.
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY IS ART
A "Down to Earth Style of Editing"...
In my astro workflow, I try to keep my edit as minimal as possible, which most of the time means working with low noise stacked files, keeping color/saturation "as is" and having an overall "natural" image.
Messier 8 (Lagoon Nebula) & Messier 20 (Trifid Nebula)