Astonishing HD images of the Sun Shot from the Photographer's Backyard
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Astonishing HD images of the Sun Shot from the Photographer’s Backyard

Pointing a telescope towards the sky from his backyard in Buffalo, NY, Alan Friedman, using special filters attached to his camera, captures some of the most lovely details of the Sun’s boiling surface.

The raw images are colorless and often blurry requiring numerous hours of coloring, adjusting and finessing to tease out the finest details, the results of which hardly resemble what I imagine the 10-million degree surface of Sun might look like. Instead Friedman’s photos appear almost calm and serene, perhaps an entire planet of fluffy clouds or cotton candy. From his artist statement:

My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of a moment in the life of our local star. Most are captured from my backyard in Buffalo, NY. Using a small telescope and narrow band filters I can capture details in high resolution and record movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes. The raw material for my work is black and white and often blurry. As I prepare the pictures, color is applied and tonality is adjusted to better render the features. It is photojournalism of a sort. The portraits are real, not painted. Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image.

[Via Geocentrismo]

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