Meet Navaneeth, an astrophotographer who captures the past by clicking the star systems.
Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?
Navaneeth Unnikrishnan: I’m an astrophotographer from Kerala, but currently living in Manipal where I am pursuing media studies.
Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your amazing night sky shots and way of working?
NU: Most of my night sky images are shot either using a wide angle lens or telescopes at high focal length. Images shot using telescopes require multiple exposures to gain data from distant objects. Depending on the brightness of the object, the amount of time required to capture increases or decreases.
Inspiro India: Did you face any problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?
NU: I have been lucky enough not to face any problems and I’m pretty happy with what I do.
Inspiro India: What is it about astrophotography that interests you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations and why?
NU: The thing about astrophotography that fascinates me is that you’re actually capturing the past, in the sense that the light captured by the sensor is emitted millions of years ago from the star system, but because of its distance from here, the light reaches now.
I like shooting from Spiti Valley, Ladakh and the Western Ghats because of lesser light pollution.
Inspiro India: If not this, what would have Navaneeth been doing?
NU: A desk job.
Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?
NU: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm, Canon 50mm 1.8, Tamron 70-200mm and a Manfrotto tripod.
Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in astrophotography? What are you looking forward to purchasing next?
NU: Passion and practice. A Canon 85mm 1.2 lens.
Inspiro India: What did you want to become during childhood? What dream is still on your bucket list?
NU: As a kid, I wanted to grow up and be a pilot. To work for National Geographic magazine is still on my bucket list.
Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow and the equipment that you use?
NU: For images shot using telescopes, it is first stacked using softwares such as Pixinsight or Deep Sky Stacker. The result from that is imported to Photoshop and further worked on. For wide angle images, they are usually processed using Lightroom or Photoshop. I use a Canon 6D and Canon 1100D (IR modded), Rokinon 14mm, Canon 50mm 1.8, Tamron 70-200mm, Manfrotto tripod, Canon 24mm, Canon 100-400mm, Nexstar 8se telescope and Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount.
Photos by ©Navaneeth Unnikrishnan
Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?
NU: Follow your passion and do what your heart tells you to do.
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