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Alan Friedman’s Detailed Photos of the Sun Taken From His Backyard

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We all know that observing the Sun can be dangerous if you do not take the proper precautions The solar radiation can damage the eye if we’re not careful. Even if we tried to, all we’d really see is a white blob. It’s boring and looks nothing like these photos Alan Friedman took.

Alan Friedman is an astrophotographer who managed to capture the Sun in great detail by using a telescope in his backyard. These photographs of our beautiful Sun allow us to see details not visible to the naked eye. He uses special filters that protect his eyes and camera from damage, while making the Sun appear as if you’re looking at it through a microscope.

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Friedman writes:

“My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of a moment in the life of our local star. Most are captured from my backyard in Buffalo, NY. Using a small telescope and narrow band filters I can capture details in high resolution and record movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes. The raw material for my work is black and white and often blurry. As I prepare the pictures, color is applied and tonality is adjusted to better render the features. It is photojournalism of a sort. The portraits are real, not painted. Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image.”

The filter he used is called a Hydrogen Alpha filter. It serves to block everything expect a narrow slice on the deep red end of the visible spectrum.

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From his artist statement:

My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of a moment in the life of our local star. Most are captured from my backyard in Buffalo, NY. Using a small telescope and narrow band filters I can capture details in high resolution and record movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes. The raw material for my work is black and white and often blurry. As I prepare the pictures, color is applied and tonality is adjusted to better render the features. It is photojournalism of a sort. The portraits are real, not painted. Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image.

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Excellent work considering he doesn’t have even half the equipment NASA has, and I can appreciate his photos even more than theirs. You can buy prints here or visit his Tumblr to see more of his work.

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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