Alan Friedman works full time as a greeting card designer but pursues his love of astronomy in the evenings from an observatory he has erected in his own backyard in Buffalo, New York. These brilliant photos are captured using a small telescope and Hydrogen Alpha filter which acts as a lens and streams images in the same way as a webcam would. Each photo is made out of thousands of frames of images that are then combined and adjusted in color and tonality to create a final high res photograph.
Twisted Sifter has selected the 100 best photos for 2012 from their popular “Pictures of the Day” series run throughout the year. Here are their choices!
Robert Landsberg was filming Mount St. Helens in 1980 when the volcano erupted. When he realised that he was not going to escape the eruption, he placed his camera on his backpack and covered it with his body in order to protect it. When he was found 17 days later, the film was developed and the photos published in National Geographic.