By Ted Grussing
… a good friend of mine has been immersing himself in astro photography the last year and is beginning to get some amazing results … and the quality of his images has been improving every time he goes out and shoots. This image is a shot of the Orion Nebula, the closest star forming region to us in our galaxy; it is in the constellation of Orion. The cloud is approximately 25 light years across and about 1300 light years from earth. The red in the cloud is from ionized hydrogen gases.
This single image is from an extended shoot and is comprised of 300 individual images with a 15 second exposure per image or 75 minutes total. The camera is mounted on a star tracker which keeps the same focus point even though the earth is in constant rotational movement. He is currently processing an image that is comprised of 1000 15 second exposure photographs. The technique involves stacking the digital images one on top of the other and allowing a computer program put it all together. Very cool stuff.
When I was working on the image for tonight, I noticed something that Rich had missed … interstellar travelers were in the image and they look strangely like that little creature that lives with me … wow! Great capture, Rich! Fun stuff.
Another beautiful day just ended and methinks today will be a good one too. Focus on the important things … smile, breathe and remember how fortunate you are to be here … no guarantees, but at least for this moment, you are alive.
Celebrate life … while you can.
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: email@example.com
In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.