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Yasmin Tajik’s Desert Milky Way

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer, Night Photography       Tags Yasmin Tajik, MeFOTO RoadTrip, astral photography, light painting
 © Yasmin Tajik

 © Yasmin Tajik

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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David Hobby's Mirrorless Field Report

  by Marketing MAC Group       Category Travel Photography       Tags milky way, astral photography, night photography, camping

 © David Hobby

We just got a wonderful love note from David Hobby, a.k.a. Strobist, while his vacation about his experience with his recently-purchased MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod: 

"Everything is a compromise: size, weight, cost, reliability, etc. While traveling, size and weight are at a premium. So I travel with a Fuji X-series camera (in this case, an X-E1) and a MeFoto Backpacker. At a fraction of the size and weight of a DSLR, it allows me to make real photos without being weighed down like a pack mule.

"For this photo of Monday night's campfire, as usual, everything was a compromise: the ISO of the X-E1 and 14/2.8 lens for noise, the shutter speed for controlling apparent star movement, and the aperture for sharpness. But the tiny, lightweight MeFoto Backpacker held solid through the 4- 6- and 10-second exposures I needed to record the stars in deep dusk above the campfire.

"With that picture in the can I started to get a little cocky, wondering if I could also get a decent astrophoto with my diminutive gear pack. Swapping to a 35/1.4 on the X-E1 (itself still on the MeFoto) we were able to reach well into the Milky Way without worrying about camera movement at all. As with the campfire photo, the limiting factor was actually the movement of the earth."

Thanks, David! We are very happy you chose MeFOTO and wish you many happy exposures. 

 © David Hobby

Thomas O'Brien's Self Portrait: Instagram Giveaway Weekly Winner

  by Rachel       Category Giveaway       Tags Thomas O'Brien, night photography, time-lapse, stars, astral photography, great basin national park

© Thomas O'Brien

"The winning photo was a self portrait taken in Great Basin National Park.  The park sits on the border of Utah and Nevada on highway 50.  Its one of the darkest locations in the lower 48 states.  I set up my camera (5D Mark II with a Sigma 12-24mm lens) on the ground with a cable release and shot photos like I was taking a time-lapse then climbed up to the roof of my truck and did some poses trying to stay as still as i could. I would listen for the shutter to go off then hold the position 30 seconds. Once i thought i got a few decent photos i would climb back down to check the photos out then repeat, it's very difficult to stay completely still for 30 seconds. I can't wait to get back to out there, some of the most incredible dark skies and star viewing that I have ever seen."
– Thomas O'Brien

To see more of Thomas' amazing images, be sure to check out his website and follow him on Instagram.