Spring is just about starting to bloom, but there’s still plenty of opportunity to capture the sky at night. Whether it be star trails streaming across the sky or images of the constellations shining bright above our heads, astrophotography can produce some truly inspiring imagery that reminds us just how small we (and our planet) are in the greater scheme of things.
Photographer Albert Dros captures a portrait with the Milky Way as a backdrop. Image by Albert Dros/Sony.
And, if you needed any further inspiration, Sony has shared a series of jaw-dropping images ahead of International Dark Sky Week, which kicks-off on the 31st March. The brand also highlighted a number of important dates for astrophotographers, so grab your diaries.
Star trails can be created by merging multiple long exposures. Image by Andrew Whyte/Sony.
First up is the final supermoon for 2019, which arrives on March 21. If you miss it, don’t worry as the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower (likely to be the best chance of enjoying a meteor shower of the year) follows on May 6-7th.
Dark skies are needed to produce stunning Milky Way landscapes like Alexander Heinrichs’ photo. Image by Alexander Heinrichs/Sony.
Photographers wondering about solar eclipses need wonder no more as the next total solar eclipse will occur on July 2nd, although this will be for photographers in South Americas & Pacific regions as unfortunately it won’t be visible in Europe.
Image by Andrew Whyte/ Sony.
However, photographers in Europe will get to see the partial lunar eclipse on July 16 as a small part of the moon’s surface will be covered by the darkest part of the earth’s shadow. The last date on Sony’s list is the Geminid Meteor Shower – where there can be up to 100 meteors per hour should hit its peak on Dec 14th.
This image by Andrew Whyte shows a landscape lit by a supermoon/ Image by Andrew Whyte/Sony.
The spectacular celestial images were captured by Sony photographers Albert Dros, Andrew Whyte, Alexander Heinrichs and Leonardo Orazi, who shot the frames using Sony’s ultra-sharp 24mm F1.4 GM lens optic.
Lenses like Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM feature fast maximum apertures – perfect for astrophotography.