I have always been fascinated by the stars, I can even say that as a child I was in awe of the night sky. Over the past four years, I have dedicated much of my free time to capturing the magic of the night sky and the Milky Way in particular.
I spent endless hours at night alone, but by no means lonely, under the starry sky, revelling in the beauty of solitude.
The peace and seclusion that the night affords me as I shoot makes me feel intoxicated by the beauty and mystery of the glowing stars and planets overhead, but also humbled and grateful. It turns out that many people have never seen the Milky Way with their own eyes, which is infinitely sad. Standing under the Milky Way Arch on a warm summer night, surrounded by the sounds of crickets and the scent of lavender, is an experience that is hard to describe or forget.
Thanks to my light-sensitive camera, I am able to capture details and colours invisible to the naked eye. I like to add my own personal touch to what is captured on camera to give the shot a finished look and story.
Night photography is a difficult and complex hobby, as many and various factors have to be taken into account: planning the location, the weather, the phase of the moon, putting in the time and effort to prepare the composition and, respectively, the frame itself. I can't just get up, go outside and shoot. I have to wait for the period of the month when there is a new moon, the weather should be suitable, there should be no clouds, the location should be in a sufficiently dark place, away from the light pollution of the cities, which is also the biggest problem for observing the stars and the Milky Way. Last but not least, I have to have a good idea for a shot, find the right model and props to make it happen, and only then I can start shooting, which, in most cases, takes at least a few hours.
What continues to motivate me to shoot night photography is the element of surprise. Our eyes are too imperfect to catch the colours and shapes that hide in the darkness of night. When I press the button on the camera and wait for the exposure time I get excited like a little kid. Then comes the surprise and the WOW effect, to see on the camera display in colours and shapes what is invisible to our eyes. This feeling of uncovering the hidden treasures of the night sky and the world around us in the gentleness of the night is a feeling that keeps me alive and truly happy.
If I'm lucky enough to have all of the above factors in place and I've shot enough footage, I already have material ready to process. And this is where the work really begins, namely to emphasize the details and colours from the frame that the camera was able to capture. This is when the photographer adds his personal feel and character to the shot to turn it into art.
I am the winner of many awards from prestigious international competitions for astro and night photography. My shots have been shared by world media such as National Geographic, BBC Science Focus, Sky at night magazine, Daily Mail, Astronomy pictures of the day by NASA, Bored Panda, and many others.