The borderless sky, a documentary project we did with german production taglichtmedia.de for arte tv which aired in september in france & germany. it will be broadcasted in north america as well, probably this year. the 5-episode series (and single theatrical release) follows the work of me and 4 other colleagues @twanight (the world at night project), traveling in 5 different continents. the work is presented in film festivals and not available online yet.
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Swipe left to see the video. mike simmons is with me today in boston. one of the well-known faces of astronomy who helped spreading interest to the night sky and amateur astronomy in many developing countries and connecting communities by creating a non-profit organization called astronomers without borders (astrowb.org) in 2006.
photographed here is during a star party we attended in alqueva dark sky in portugal a few years ago.
Swipe left to see the entire image. a winter night comes to an end in blue twilight. to me mt damavand in iran is a symbol of endurance, for a nation which tolerated long “winters” in her remarkable history.
only 70 km from tehran, the dormant volcano is in the alborz mountains, reaching about 18500 ft (over 5600 m), making it the highest peak in the middle east, the highest volcano in asia, and on the list of volcanic seven summits. damavand is also an important place in the persian mythology.
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A one-minute review of my most popular 2017 posts @natgeo travel. many of them appeared on my own feed as well. the selection shows the images which received minimum of 400,000 likes. i usually post a photo story every other day on national geographic travel account which has over 20 million followers.
locations include: sweden, chile, iceland, california (yosemite & sequoia), utah, new england, hawaii, australia, austria, kenya.
if you wish to order a print, choose and screenshot any picture here and continue to babaktafreshi.com/print
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This 360-degree image shows a fisheye view to the milky way above the cerro paranal observatory in the atacama desert, chile, home to the very large telescope (vlt). photographed at the moonrise moment (behind one of the telescopes) the sky is getting brighter every minute. green airglow appears on the right. it’s a natural emission of the upper atmosphere, appears faint and colorless to the eyes but not to the camera.
every other year i’m assigned by eso or the european southern observatory @esoastronomy to visit the astronomical sites in chile to create imagery that would be used globally by educators, journalists, and science communicators to introduce modern astronomy and importance of night sky to public.
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A lot happens from dusk to dawn. being a night time photographer i often continue to the morning and go to sleep just before sunrise when others begin the normal life!
this was a spectacular morning twilight at the world heritage site of lauterbrunnen valley in switzerland, nestled between the towering walls of the alps and is famed for its many waterfalls.
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Photography in the backyard, a couple of days ago the freezing rain made amazing ice sculptures around tree branches. closer views on slides 2 & 3.
this happens during rainfall when air temperature suddenly becomes higher than normal while surface temperature is below freezing. the raindrops freeze upon impact with any surface they encounter such as trees, wires, cars.
happy holidays and warmest seasonal greetings from snowy boston.
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Slideshow of 3. one of my favorite northern light photos, captured in march 2015 from the iconic kirkjufell mountain and waterfalls in iceland, during the most intense aurora activity in a decade. @natgeo editors selected it as one of the best 2017 travel photos (link in my highlighted story or google it). it’s a best selling print at babaktafreshi.com/print and it also appeared on the cover of a national geographic special issue, but on top of all it was one of the most exciting nights in my career. hanging on our living room wall since he was born 10 months ago, our baby now recognizes the words iceland and aurora!
i will be back in iceland in march & september 2018 doing photo tours. more about the workshop: babaktafreshi.com/sep18 (click the profile link). @natgeo creative @natgeo travel @natgeo fineart @twanight#twanight#natgeo#walldecor#fineartphotography#auroraborealis#northernlights#iceland#astrophotography#nightphotography#longexposure
Swipe left for the slide show. one of the most exciting 2017 projects was imaging my 13th solar eclipse in august, this time for national geographic in partnership with @airbnb, on a small private jet from central oregon to 45000 ft high in the stratosphere above the pacific. as the total eclipse began in this very thin atmosphere the sky became pitch black, almost like being in space. that 2 minutes passed like a second, an amazing moment for our team and the guests.
a few minutes before the moon shadow reached the mainland us, this picture (slide 1) became the first view to the totality across the web and probably the most viewed. natgeo editors selected it as one of most moving photos of 2017 (link in my highlighted story), as well as one of the most popular images @natgeo. see the link on my today story or google “natgeo 2017 popular instagram”. we also did two natgeo live webcasts for the event, a q&a on the day before and live coverage during the eclipse (links on babaktafreshi.com/media). @natgeocreative@natgeotravel#eclipse2017#totalsolareclipse
Happy solstice, happy yalda!
the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. the winter solstice on dec 20-21 is celebrated by various cultures. yalda is a popular iranian celebration which routes back to several thousand years ago. it brings friends and families together to cheer for the rebirth of the sun after the longest night. a few of the christmas elements share possibly common origin with yalda and the mithraic tradition of worshiping the sun god.
some years ago on a starry cold night near the solstice i made this long-exposure image of star trails (form by the earth rotation) in a moonlit night of alborz mountains in iran. stars circle around the north celestial pole, marked by star polaris. mount damavand in th foreground is truely spectacular, a live volcano reaching 5670 meters, making it the highest peak in the middle east, only 70km from tehran. damavand has been a legendary and sacred mountain in the persian culture.
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Iceland in september. rainbow above icelandic horses, photographed during my recent photo workshop around the country. if you are interested to tour iceland, see the northern lights and learn night sky photography with me, the next program (sep2018) is just announced: babaktafreshi.com/sep18
please note the march 2018 workshop is filled, but you can be on the waiting list if you wish.
New moon at dusk reflecting on the ocean as it sets above a towering cumulus cloud, photographed from the 10,000 ft high peak of haleakala volcano on maui, hawaii. the long exposure image shows more than the thin crescent, revealed the dark (night) side of the moon. this side is lit by the earth. easily visible to the n***d eye when the sky becomes dark enough, the subtle light is called earthshine or the da vinci glow, first described by leonardo da vinci in the 16th century.
enjoy the next evening crescent moon on dec 19 & 20.
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