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Photography has been a secret passion of mine for many years and with the start of a new year I decided to get my photos out there for all to enjoy.

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Photography has been a secret passion of mine for many years and with the start of a new year I decided to get my photos out there for all to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy looking through my work, I greatly appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

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Awards

Contest Finalist in A Milky Way Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Capture The Milky Way Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Long Exposure Experiments Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Nature And The Night Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Fish Eye And Wide Angle Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Starry Starry Night Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Long Exposure Games Photo Contest
Member Selection Award
Contest Finalist in Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 32
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Contest Finalist in Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2
Samsung NX500 Camera
Contest Finalist in Playing With Exposure Photo Contest
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Outstanding Creativity
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A Milky Way Photo ContestTop 20 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class
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artFix Exhibition ProjectTop 10 class
artFix Exhibition ProjectTop 10 class week 1
Favorite Travel Memory Photo ContestTop 20 class
Favorite Travel Memory Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Favorite Travel Memory Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Lapse Of Time Photo ContestTop 20 class
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The Swag ProjectTop 10 class
The Swag ProjectTop 10 class week 1
Creative Landscapes Photo Contest vol3Top 10 class
Creative Landscapes Photo Contest vol3Top 10 class week 1
The Stars Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Stars Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Night Wonders Photo ContestTop 10 class
Night Wonders Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Capture The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 20 class
Capture The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 6Top 20 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class week 1
The Colors Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Colors Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Never Stop Exploring Photo ContestTop 10 class
Never Stop Exploring Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Shutter Speed Experiments Photo ContestTop 20 class
Shutter Speed Experiments Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 4Top 20 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class week 3
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class week 2
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 4Top 20 class week 1
The Magic Of Editing Photo ContestTop 20 class
A Place of Worship Photo ContestTop 20 class
The Magic Of Editing Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
A Place of Worship Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Our World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
A Place of Worship Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 20 class
The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 30 class
The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Long Exposure Experiments Photo ContestTop 20 class
Long Exposure Experiments Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Cloudy Nights Photo ContestTop 10 class
Cloudy Nights Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Nature And The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
Cloudy Nights Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Nature And The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Our Natural Planet Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our Natural Planet Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Nature And The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 10 class
ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 10 class week 1
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 class
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class week 2
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class week 1
Fish Eye And Wide Angle Photo ContestTop 10 class
Fish Eye And Wide Angle Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 class week 1
Finding Arches In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Finding Arches In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
One With Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
One With Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class month 1
One With Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 3
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Color In The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Into The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
80 Stays Around the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Large Photo ContestTop 20 class
80 Stays Around the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Large Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Large Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Earth Day 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Earth Day 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Earth Day 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 2
Starry Starry Night Photo ContestTop 20 class
Starry Starry Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 1
I Love Photography Photo ContestTop 10 class
I Love Photography Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Long Exposure Games Photo ContestTop 20 class
Long Exposure Games Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 1
Visions Of Africa Photo ContestTop 20 class
Visions Of Africa Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 33Top 30 class
Day Or Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 33Top 30 class week 2
Day Or Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Covers Photo Contest Vol 33Top 20 class week 1
Day Or Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 10 class
Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Night And Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 32Top 30 class
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 5Top 10 class
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 5Top 30 class week 2
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 5Top 30 class week 1
Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 2
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class week 2
Wide Angle Photo Contest Capture Life to The FullestTop 30 class week 1
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 4Top 20 class week 1
The Battle Of Amateurs Photo ContestTop 30 class
The Battle Of Amateurs Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
The Battle Of Amateurs Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Playing With Exposure Photo ContestTop 10 class
Playing With Exposure Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
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The-Art-of-Darkness PRO
 
The-Art-of-Darkness January 25, 2016
Love this, great work
abbieex3
 
abbieex3 January 25, 2016
I dream of capturing photographs like this one. Absolutely epic. Keep 'em coming!
Steveilad
 
Steveilad January 29, 2016
Great capture
mikelea PRO
 
mikelea January 29, 2016
Fantastic shot! were was your location please for this one?
AzuraPhotography PRO
 
AzuraPhotography January 30, 2016
Hey Mikelea thanks for your kind words, this was taken in Watamu, Kenya 6 months ago. The skies are so unbelievably clear there
AllenDouglasPhotos
 
AllenDouglasPhotos February 22, 2016
Would be farm more dynamic with less ambient light. (Sun is still showing here) and if there was less reverse curvature from over-correcting the wide angle lens.
johnflaherty
johnflaherty July 06, 2016
Most probably light pollution from Mombasa on the left , not the sun.
Johnsart
 
Johnsart June 20, 2016
Fantastic shot. Congrats with the win.
FelixArenas
 
FelixArenas June 24, 2016
Just beautiful.
hendraxu PRO
 
hendraxu July 06, 2016
congrats! ^_^
Dave_Bomb Premium
 
Dave_Bomb August 05, 2016
Great work!Stunning!
valiaefstathiou
 
valiaefstathiou August 25, 2016
Stunning!
charliepeepers
 
charliepeepers April 10, 2017
I don't think the word exists that describe the beauty of this capture. Absolutely epic
Ericmagallan
 
Ericmagallan May 15, 2017
This is a goal of mine to take a photo of the galaxy! Awesome job!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on a moonless evening in Watamu, Kenya in the summer months last year (2015).
Time
I remember after a long day in the sun the night came as a huge relief, but also treated me to a beautiful moonless and cloudless night. This photo was taken between 23:00 - 24:00
Lighting
Although this part of Kenya is largely rural you can see the orange glow of a distant town on the left side and the white light of a small fishing village on the right. It was a beautifully clear night and the Milky Way could be clearly seen with naked eye.
Equipment
I use the Sony Mirrorless range of cameras for their ease of travel, this was taken with the following: - Sony A6000 Camera - Samyang 12mm f2.0 (one of the cheapest but most impressive lenses I own) - Cheapo carbon tripod
Inspiration
I have always been facinated in night sky photography, and with the recent improvements in low light performance of cameras it has been more prevalant than ever. Whilst I was in South Africa I caught a glimpse of the Milky way in all its glory but in hindsight this couldnt compare to the clear nights of Kenya. This was the second night I was out trying to capture the milky way and I knew I wanted to try a panorama.
Editing
Despite having a pretty wide 12mm wide angle lens to capture the full widith of the milky way I had to take 8 photos and stitch them together.. Once the photos were stitched and distortion corrected for (mostly) I imported the file into lightroom to tweak the colour balance, levels and detail.
In my camera bag
When im travelling I like to keep the bare essentials and I have a very small camera bag that usually has the following: - Sony A6000 mirrorless camera - Travel Carbon Tripod - Sony 18 - 200 Lens - Samyang 12mm f2 Lens - Sony 35mm f1.8 I find this setup gives me great flexibility in shooting and all fits into a small bag.
Feedback
My advice is to realise that you dont need the latest and greatest camera and lenses to capture something like this. Most cameras of the past 4/5 years will be able to capture the milky way. A wide and fast lens will greatly help in capturing as much light as possible. The Samyang range of lenses are reletively inexpensive and are highly regarded for their astrophotography suitability. LOCATION - You can capture the milky way on any clear night, but the further you get from light pollution the better your shots will come out. Have a look online for dark sky maps which show the areas of least light pollution in your area. There are also many apps available for mobile to help. (Photo Pills + Star Walk 2, to name a few) TRIPOD - Is a must, the exposures range from 12 - 30 seconds for a shot like this so hand-held is out of the question PATIENCE - Both waiting for the suitable night and also for the camera to do its thing, it can be quite frustrating with long exposure photography but if you nail the focus and the exposure it makes it all worth it. Good luck! If you enjoy my photography please consider following my and viewing my work on all major photo sharing sites, my online portfolio can be viewed at: www.azura.photography

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