Mark Gee

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My Astrophotography Journey - From Novice to As...

Published September 22nd, 2013

The highlight of my photography career happened to me recently. I not only won two categories in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013, but I also won it overall. It is something I never dreamed of 4 years ago when I first started out, and it's quite ironic that it was the images I saw from the 2009 Astronomy Photographer of the Year that inspired me to give astrophotography a go.

Since then, I have spent many hours under the stars attempting to perfect my skills in one of the most frustrating forms of photography there is…I don’t think I will ever perfect my skills as I find myself continually learning every time I go out.

Planning, patience and persistence are the name of the game – believe me, some of my planned shots have taken me over a year to get right. Constant obstacles from bad weather and bad timing to landslides and equipment failures all make it a very frustrating pursuit. But in the end, after all the failures when you finally do nail the shot, it then becomes one ...

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