Aurora, lights of wonder.

I have been photographing astronomical objects for more than twenty years. The night sky is wonderful, and the aurora is the best among them. I think that it is the best wonder to see in nature.

I tried how I could reproduce real feeling of the aurora that can only be seen in polar regions. And finally I found the answer.

Because the photographs were different from the real feelings of aurora, I first tried time-lapse to express the movements. But it was somewhat different with the real one. So I tried to shoot a real-time video. But at that time video quality was so bad with excessive noise. Now, super-sensitive cameras such as Sony A7S have been developed to reproduce the actual movement of the aurora with low noise. I tried VR by connecting several super-sensitive cameras and projected them on the dome screen of planetarium and made it possible to experience virtual aurora.

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    Kwon O-Chul

    Southern Cross

    Sony A7RII, Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 lens and Astrolapse star tracker. 30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200

    The Crux and Eta Carinae nebula

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    Perseid at Lake Ballard, Australia

    Sony a7RII. 13 sec, f/1.8, ISO 3200

    You can see 1 meteor, milky way, Gegenschein, the Magenllanic clouds.

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    Aurora VR

    Sony A7S with Atmos Shogun x 2EA 1/8 sec, f/4, ISO 25600

    Aurora VR at Yellowknife, Canada

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    Aurora VR

    Sony A7S with Atmos Shogun x 2EA 1/8 sec, f/4, ISO 25600

    Aurora VR at Yellowknife, Canada

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    Aurora VR

    Sony A7S with Atmos Shogun x 2EA 1/8 sec, f/4, ISO 25600

    Aurora VR at Yellowknife, Canada

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    Aurora VR

    Sony A7S with Atmos Shogun x 2EA 1/8 sec, f/4, ISO 25600

    Aurora VR at Yellowknife, Canada

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    Aurora VR

    Sony A7S with Atmos Shogun x 2EA 1/8 sec, f/4, ISO 25600

    Aurora VR at Yellowknife, Canada

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Kwon O-Chul

Introduction

"The only way to take stars is to take them in photography. Conveying breath-taking wonders of night sky is my supreme mission."

Astrophotographer. Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky, Kwon O-Chul struggled to convey the impression to others through photography. He says astrophotography is a field most influenced by camera technology. Time-Lapse, which captures the movement of stars, are his main field. O-Chul Kwon also tries to move the night sky itself into planetarium through VR technology. He recently produced an aurora movie for planetarium and has been featured on National Geographic and Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA) and etc.

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