Adrien Mauduit blurs the lines between deep space astrophotography and landscape astrophotography. Born and raised in France, now a resident of Norway, Adrien is known for making some of the best night sky time lapses. Awarded NASA’s Astronomy Photograph of the Day (APOD) several times, he was shortlisted for the 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. He is known for his use of telephoto lenses combined with trackers to capture the motion of nebulae and galaxies against the landscape and even telescope observatories.
Adrien Mauduit “Galaxies Vol. III”
Adrien’s motto is “Discover, visualize the cosmos.” And that shows in his film “Galaxies Vol. III: Voyage to the Core.” Adrien’s fascination with the Milky Way Core began soon after he began shooting the night sky. Much of the film was photographed in the Canary Islands, and Adrien incorporates the landscape into the time lapses in unusual ways. Notice the clips are where the frame zooms into a nebula or galaxy, and then the horizon sweeps across the scene. It’s an excellent effect.
Adrien filmed “Into The Polar Night” over ten days across Swedish Lapland and Norway. With clear skies and Aurora each night, Adrien was able to shoot the northern lights over a wide range of arctic landscapes. He captured a terabyte of data during the shooting! It’s a captivating film, with a wide range of Aurora colors. He caught greens to yellows, blues, pinks, magentas, reds, turquoise, and orange.
Adrien Mauduit “Noctilucent Clouds”
One of my favorite films by Adrien Mauduit is “Noctilucent Clouds.” Noctilucent clouds are high altitude clouds that are illuminated by sunlight from around the curve of the earth. In time-lapse, they look like waves on the ocean. Ripples and swells move across the sky. They are amazing and mesmerizing to watch!
Telephoto Astro Portraits with Alyn Wallace
Adrien and Alyn Wallace teamed up to shoot a telephoto astro portrait. Alyn envisioned a photo in which the Rho Ophiuchus complex bursts out of his chest. To achieve this picture, he enlisted his buddy Adrien to capture it. The video above describes the process and gives insight into the technical details of this image. It’s interesting to watch these two skilled astrophotographers working together to create a fantastic portrait.
Adrien Mauduit Gear
Adrian Mauduit tries to maximize the details in his films. To do this, Adrian uses a Baader modified Canon 6D in addition to a Sony a7RII and a7S cameras. The Baader modification allows the camera to capture more Hydrogen-alpha light, which gives more red color to the images.
To capture these images, Adrien needs bright and sharp lenses, using mostly Samyang and Sigma products. His lenses range from 14mm to 300mm, with the Sigma 14mm f1.8, Sigma 20mm f1.4, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Samyang 85mm f1.4, Samyang 135mm f2 being mainstays.
Adrien introduces motion using a Syrp Genie I 3-axis slider with the Vixen Polarie tracker. Heavy tripods ensure sharpness in his images.
Adrien offers workshops for both beginner and advanced photographers. He holds his field workshops at the Aurora Observatory in Senja, Norway. He also offers several online workshops covering how to enhance single image astrophotographs, astro-panoramas, as well as timelapse editing. Check out his website for further information and prices.
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