I’m a and SQL and Web developer by profession, living in Dorset, United Kingdom, which is an amazing place for people who love outdoor activities. I love mountain biking which has taken me to stunning locations, and there are miles of breath-taking walks with lots of nature and history around – every corner has a surprise, it’s like living in a fantasy, at least that’s how I see it.

Since I was a child, I’ve always had a fascination for the stars.  I had the opportunity to visit places near the equator with true dark skies, where the Milky Way core is visible up in the sky – unlike in the UK where the core is barely visible on the horizon. It’s of unbelievable beauty.  I spent most of my childhood visiting locations in the rain forest, flat lands and my favourite – the mountains, especially over 4000 meters.

My fascination for the night sky has always been with me and I have always wanted to capture their beauty. One day, I saw images from Michael Shainblum and he then became my main influence and inspiration.  I’ve never looked to replicate his style or the others, it was just that I loved how his images made me feel so immersed. It inspired me to do the same with my photos, to capture an image that would put the viewer under the stars.

My work has been published in British newspapers and magazines.  Also exhibited in galleries with huge success.

If you would like to know more, follow this link of an interview that I gave to White Giant Media

A Sky Full Of Stars

The images

 Photoshop or not Photoshop?

All images are genuine captures. Some of them have been processed using Starry Landscape Stacker and Adobe Photoshop. All final touches have been made in Adobe Lightroom.  New digital cameras are far more sensitive to darkness than the human eye.  But the cameras cannot produce natural images in any of the automatic modes for long exposures, specially the ones of the Milky Way.  These have been processed in order to enhance details of the nebulas and restore the contrast and darkness of the sky and foreground.  The very same happens with deep sky photography.  The following images will give you an idea of how much is done for each capture.

As seen by the human eye

As seen by the camera

After editing

The Gear

All images have been captured with a Canon 6D Mk1.  My favourite lenses currently in use are Samyang 14mm F2.4 XP and Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC, both provided by intro2020.co.uk, the authorised and sole UK representatives.  Some images were captured with  Canon 50mm F1.8 EF  and Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art.  When in need to track the sky, I have been using Skywatcher Star Adventurer for longer exposures of the sky.  My Camera is mounted on a custom made nodal head for panoramas.

Final Words…

I thank to all people who influenced me in one way or another. From the guy who show me that clouds are important in landscape, to the way that locations must be researched prior going to them( thanks M. P.).  Without them, maybe I would be telling a different story.

“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars!!!”

my favourite quote!