Looking up at the night sky into the light of the stars is an awe inspiring experience no matter where you are. Astrophotography can be tricky to get right, but with a little experimentation, can be one of the most rewarding images to make.
Yasmin Tajik is the woman behind Shalimar Studios, a Las Vegas wedding and portrait photography studio. She recently shot this image of the Milky Way in the Nevada desert, which combines astrophotography with terrestrial light painting. Her MeFOTO RoadTrip in black kept her camera steady while the stars revealed themselves.
She says that she finds inspiration all over - in people, landscapes, music, and movies to name a few, but that one image that stands out to her is Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, of National Geographic fame.
"My family is Pakistani and my father grew up very close to the refugee camp where that image was captured. Because I am from that culture that image spoke very deeply to me and struck a cord. I have since pursued a specialty with the South Asian market, photographing their portraits, weddings and events. If you look through my portfolio you'll see a heavy influence of South Asian images giving a nod to my culture and heritage."
If you can believe it, this is Yasmin’s first attempt at astrophotography, although if all goes well, it won’t be her last! "As a matter of fact," she says, "I'll be hiking through the Himalayas next year up to Everest Base Camp and plan to take my MeFOTO to capture the Milky Way framed by the Himalaya Mountains and hopefully Everest."
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