This is exactly how much I entered 4 years of astrophotography

Little over 4 years back, I had an idea that would certainly alter my life permanently. Little did I recognize after that, however this idea would certainly be the driver for me to find my real objective in life. As the days, months, as well as years gone by, the a lot more I started to understand that this little sidling of idea was my fate the whole time. I could not get rid of the sensation that something large will occur, as well as I was right.

In simply a little over 4 years, I changed from an astrophotography noob to a fine-tuned, acclaimed artisan. Join me on my trip as I discover exactly how one easy concept led me to discover my real calls.

The backstory

Similar to anything worth anything in life, there was a train of occasions that led me to this small idea. For as lengthy as I can keep in mind, I was constantly having a hard time to choose “what I wish to perform with my life”. Unlike various other digital photographers, I did not have a clear vision of my future. I had ups as well as downs throughout my life, however mainly downs. It was virtually useless as well as a total calamity.

In 2014 I was residing in Dubai– a plastic city with little ideas, inspiration, or life objective. After that I fulfilled my partner, as well as whatever altered. I fell for her the minute we fulfilled. My life was shaken up, as well as I prepared to leave whatever behind as well as follow my heart to a brand-new globe loaded with brand-new opportunities. I really did not care what I would certainly do; I simply intended to be with her. So, 6 months later on, I stopped my work as well as relocated to Switzerland to begin a brand-new life with each other.

My very first “Astrophotography” image

We stayed in a little town in the countryside of Switzerland, bordered by environment-friendly hillsides as well as woodlands. It had not been as picturesque as various other areas in Switzerland, however it was a huge upgrade from the plastic city I as soon as stayed in. Right here I was complimentary to assume as well as emphasize life as well as determine my life objectives.

Given that we were far from the city, we had dark skies. Every night, we would certainly remain on our veranda as well as enjoy the celebrities. We invested numerous evenings observing meteor showers as well as counting shooting celebrities. One evening, without also assuming, I talked my mind, as I frequently do, as well as informed my partner that I intended to take images of the celebrities.

I had no previous experience with digital photography. My objective was to obtain a video camera as well as catch the celebrities, which’s specifically what I did.

I had no concept where or exactly how to begin in with video cameras or lenses, however after that I remembered my dad had a video camera. Throughout my following browse through to Lebanon, I asked him if he still had it. The good news is he did! It was being in the storage room without any usage to anybody, so he talented it to me. It was a Canon 5D Mark III with 2 lenses: a Canon EF 24-105mm as well as a Canon EF 100-400mm. While these lenses weren’t excellent for evening digital photography, they were the very first step rock that began this trip.

I did some fast browsing online as well as learnt a few of the fundamentals, like the 300 guideline as well as video camera setups for recording the celebrities. I after that determined to head outdoors my front door as well as take my very first photo of the celebrities. Naturally, I affixed the incorrect lens hood as well as wound up with this photo.

Still, I was impressed, I can see celebrities in my photo, as well as nevertheless, that’s all I had actually yearned for.

Initial step up the Astrophotography ladder

I attempted a couple of even more times as well as obtained a little bit a lot more daring, raising right into capitals as well as woodland throughout the evening. If you are simply starting with Astrophotography, it can be a little challenging standing out in nature, all alone at night of the evening. As a person that made use of to be terrified of the dark, I have actually come a lengthy method. A few of my most current journeys are much more requiring as well as need me to deal with much of my worries; Extra on that particular later.

I still had no concept what I was doing, however I was relentless as well as currently stressed with digital photography. I did a great deal of on the internet research as well as a fair bit of reviewing right into the subject. As well as prior to you understood it, I found the Galaxy! I was left in shock as well as complication. If the Milkey Method was a genuine point, why had I never ever seen it and even read about it in my whole life? Currently I had a brand-new objective: to see if such a marvel existed, as well as if it did, I intended to catch it also.

Without any experience in Astronomy (I fell short to pay any type of focus in college, which likewise clarifies my absence of understanding concerning the Milkey method), I was hopeless to discover aid. I looked social networks as well as located an individual doing evening explorations in Lebanon. Throughout my following browse through, I assembled as well as went out with him. The evening was stopped as the others in the exploration intended to go residence to their beds, as well as I had not been happy to remain by myself in the hills waiting on the increase of the Galaxy when I still had not been certain if it existed.

I asked the man once again, as well as urged we do an additional exploration. This moment, simply both people– Solo. That’s where I fulfilled my buddy Maroun Habib that, by the way, is likewise an outstanding Astrophotographer. They were navigating a session as well as were kind adequate to permit me to sign up with. Maroun assisted me with the excellent setups after explaining as well as revealing me the Galaxy for the very first time ever before. I was surprised as well as left amazed. Exactly how could this be? Was this a desire or an impression? No, it absolutely had not been.

Right here listed below is my very first shot ever before with the Galaxy!

After seeing the men making use of a celebrity tracker as well as changed video cameras, I was interested. GAS started, as well as I was persuaded that I required a comparable arrangement.

Equipment as well as Friendship

I after that determined to get myself a Canon 6D Mark II as well as a Samyang 14mm wide-angle lens. I likewise, absolutely the procedure for a heart beat, sent out the video camera in for Astro alteration. This is a procedure where the initial white equilibrium filter is gotten rid of, permitting the H-alpha wavelength to be noticeable. This makes the ionized hydrogen material of gas clouds to be noticeable.

I after that made a “mild” tip to my partner that I desire a star-tracking gadget for my birthday celebration! However when I obtained it, as well as began screening, I was perplexed as well as could not determine exactly how to establish it up. It appeared like such an easy gadget. Ultimately, I left that tool in the closet for the following year.

Back in Switzerland, I had no digital photography pals as well as assumed it could be a great concept to look for a person to go out with. That’s when I located Ralph Rohner. Ralph is currently among my friends as well as I still to this particular day call him my coach! Ralph is among the most effective people I have actually ever before fulfilled. He was kind adequate to allow me bring out him as well as interrupt his tranquility by beaming my headlamp everywhere like a novice.

As individuals recognize, locating a digital photography pal, not to mention one for evening digital photography as well as astrophotography, can be really difficult as well as bothersome. However in some way we procured along as well as fire in consistency.

Naturally, I picked up from the most effective. Not just did Ralph handed down all the understanding from his several years of experience, however likewise the concepts as well as regulations of exactly how to do evening digital photography. I see Ralph as a daddy number as well as have actually constantly appreciated him given that the day we fulfilled. I will certainly constantly be thankful for the hills he dragged me up, in -20 to -30 level temperature levels, as well as for pressing me to test myself as well as complete points I really did not recognize I can. Without Ralph, I possibly would have never ever been where I am today! Thanks, Ralph!

Beginning at 100% and afterwards pressing more powerful

By this factor, I had actually currently developed the enthusiastic concept that I intended to instruct others, however I was much from prepared. I had a whole lot even more to find out as well as required a whole lot even more technique to grasp my craft. My trip was simply starting, as well as I understood that to really come to be a specialist in evening digital photography, I would certainly need to press myself to the limitations as well as check out brand-new areas, take threats as well as encounter my worries. I was figured out to not just come to be a knowledgeable digital photographer however likewise have the ability to share my understanding as well as influence others to seek their enthusiasm for recording the elegance of the evening skies.

After even more technique, as well as a “pleasant press” from Ralph to pile as well as track, I lastly discovered to trust myself a little bit a lot more as well as create my abilities. We established out on a journey beginning in Switzerland as well as heading down in the direction of the Pyrenees in the south of France, after that to the facility of France prior to heading back residence. We covered over 4,500 kilometres in 5 evenings. Every evening we had a brand-new capturing place. It was tiring as well as really requiring, however it brought about winning my very first competitors ever before which I will certainly speak about later on.

It was the summertime of Covid, as well as the start of when my occupation truly began to remove. I was unemployed as well as figured out to make this a job. My purpose was to go out as numerous clear as well as moonless evenings as I could. While others grumbled throughout this time around of distress, I took it as a chance to take a trip as well as check out Switzerland. What far better method to invest my days in a pandemic than standing alone out in nature throughout the evening taking images?

It was likewise the moment of the well-known Comet Neowise, which I caught with my partner punctuating to the comet as well as touching it. One more photo that went viral as well as brought me closer to where I am today.

I after that began doing workshops right here in Switzerland. They began sluggish as well as I really did not have numerous customers. However I really did not allow this sidetrack me from my objective.

After a long time I determined to enter my very first competitors ever before. I took the starting point for my photo as well as needed to stand in a gallery as well as provide a speech concerning exactly how I achieved this shot. This was the very first time I had actually ever before won anything in my life as well as was a peace of mind that my initiatives had actually been valued. It was an absolutely outstanding as well as historic minute for me in my occupation!

Likewise, an additional photo from my journey with Ralf, Estate de Chambord, was shortlisted for among one of the most distinguished competitors on the planet: Astronomy Digital photographer of the Year in 2021! Out of 5,000 candidates, my own was picked in the leading 40 and afterwards place on display screen for one year in the Royal Gallery of Greenwich in the UK! This brought about my photo being released in Forbes, CNN, National Geographic, as well as a lot more. This was a substantial achievement for me.

Soon after, I was after that labelled ‘Galaxy Professional Photographer of the Year 2021’ by Capture the Atlas. My photo went viral in addition to the various other victors, by the similarity Forbes, CNN, The Telegraph, as well as a lot more.

I started to obtain even more customers, however company was still sluggish. I chose it was time to begin making digital photography scenic tours to various other locations. My very first trip was to the White Desert of Egypt, complied with by Jordan, and afterwards Iceland. The good news is, they were all effective, as well as I also started dealing with a veteran objective of mine, which was to produce movies of my journeys. The very first movie is of our Iceland journey which we will postshortly.


2022 was a terrific year for me as it opened my eyes to the opportunities of my future in digital photography. I won numerous honors, consisting of Galaxy Digital photographer of the Year, got enrollers, as well as came to be an ambassador for numerous business. I likewise had the possibility to take a trip to Iran as well as catch pictures of their evening skies, along with lead a workshop on recording the universes in Abu Dhabi. In spite of my worry of flying, I remain to encounter my worries as well as take a trip the globe to catch its elegance. This year, I intend to explore Socotra, Chile, Bolivia, Namibia, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, as well as Iceland. To discover even more concerning my journeys as well as strategies, look into my site or social accounts.