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Enjoyed very much had accompany of every person in our group of Sep2017 photo workshop, about 20 people of 10 nationalities. Here is last week in northwestern Iceland chasing aurora. Next aurora photo tour in March. Contact me for details, email preferred (link under my bio).
Last night, after a rainy day, the overcast sky opened up briefly for a great show, right on time during the autumn equinox. Aurora was rather faint and colorless to the eyes but magnificent to the camera with a rainbow of colors. It was dim enough to reveal the Milky Way band next to it. We are in Vik in southern tip of Iceland now, expecting extreme weather and stormy wind tomorrow! Three more nights of my around Iceland photo tour. Next aurora workshop in late March. Contact me for details.
Fall foliage in northern Iceland, yesterday. I was surprised by the intense autumn colors in this area. Most of Iceland has no trees. Two days to go to Autumn Equinox in northern hemisphere.
Seeing friends is a great part of my trips. Here is the beginning of my latest aurora workshop in Iceland. Two days ago in Reykjavik with a troll statue and @parham.ashoori who was my student in late 90s when I started teaching practical astronomy to teenagers in an educational observatory in Tehran. Now he is based in Toronto. Photo by Ed Bechtel
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The dancing Northern Nights in a sequence of 3 photos taken a minute apart this March in Iceland, where I’m currently located for my latest workshop. The middle image (posted earlier) is selected by the National Geographic editors for travel-inspired signed prints, available until Sept 16th. Click on the link in my profile to see the entire collection of 24 iconic photos, featured in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale.
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Sounds on, listen from the beginning please! An iconic image of Saturn made by Cassini spacecraft also shows our tiny world about a billion miles away. You hear the voice of astronomer Carl Sagan, a few month before he passed away in 96. This is a part of his well-known words describing an earlier similar image of Earth taken by Voyager spacecraft from outer Solar System, called the Pale Blue Dot.
I edited this video as a tribute to a grand mission, one of the most successful space projects that ends in a few hours, very dramatically! @nasa Cassini is set to a deadly decent into Saturn. The End after 20 years in space, 13 years around the ring planet and exploring its many moons. Many of Cassini images are absolute fine art, besides the scientific value, thanks to a great imaging team who understands the value of art in science communication.
In 2009 I had the pleasure to share the Lennart Nilsson Award for outstanding work in scientific photography with Dr. Carolyn Porco who leads the Cassini imaging team.
The Earth & moon in this video is a real photo made by Galileo spacecraft. The pair are aligned from this perspective and doesn't show the actual distance of the two.
National Geographic editors selected 24 images for signed collectible print sale. Here are 3 samples by @natgeo photographers @yamashitaphoto@amivitale@argonautphoto. My Iceland Aurora Borealis photo (posted earlier) is one of them. Learn more on @natgeocreative and visit the link in my profile to see this unique collection. Sale ends on September 16th.