Long exposure photography allows you to capture the movement of the stars in the sky as if they were circular psychedelic lines revolving around an eye. This technique of capturing the so-called star trails has been mastered perfectly by the Russian photographer Daniel Kordan, who has gained notoriety on the Web for his space photos. His photos include stars reflected in salt mirrors, the Milky Way in epic locations, and many other magnificent views.
The Russian photographer uses wide-angle lenses for his time-lapses and the PhotoPills app to predict the positions of the stars. He shoots also other impressive natural phenomena such as aurora borealis, glaciers and landscapes. His latest project focuses on photographing star trails over the Namib desert. Over the famous skeletons of Deadvlei trees, multicolored bands of astral light fill the sky and blend the wonders of nature into a stunning view.
Kordan studied quantum physics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology but began traveling and shooting interesting locations as a member of university’s mountaineering club, and found out this was what he wanted to do for a living. A decisive part of his road into travel photography was played by Instagram, which turned him into one of the influential figures in the landscape photography world.
Kordan says he’s not doing this for money. He believes in taking a good picture, and then considering if it brings him income, fame, and success.
A collection of star trail images I was lucky to make in Namibia this March. Namibia nights are so peaceful and silent – I was happy to enjoy bright stars of milky way while my camera exposed thousands of photos. #Nikon #d850 + 14-24 #nikkor 25 s, f/2.8 iso 4000 each shot (300~700 shots each photo). Locations: #deadvlei #quivertree forest, #sossusdunelodge #spitzkoppe #gitzoinspires Danielkordan.com
Patagonia forest seems to be alive in the night. Wind high above creates creepy sounds and you start feeling that trees talk to each other. I light up the tree from inside hiding a headlamp there ＋ another headlamp for the right side painting ＋ painting on the background forest. 30 s, f/2.8, iso 3200 DanielKordan.com #Patagonia #Argentina #Fitzroy #Chalten #Nikon #Gitzoinspires
Join my photography tours to West Mongolia and South Mongolia this October. West part of the trip will be with a private eagle hunters festival just for our group and dramatic Altay mountains. South Mogolia – Gobi desert, canyons and ancient monasteries. Check DanielKordan.com to join.Photo by our local photography guide @erdenebulgan_photographer #Mongolia #Gobi #desert