Alan Friedman is not a professional astronomer. A greeting card publisher by day, he spends much of his spare time on his passion – photographing the solar system from his backyard in Buffalo. What he manages to accomplish with his home based observatory is amazing. His astro-photography is accomplished at a disadvantage as the city’s bright light limits what he can capture to the bright objects of the sky – the sun, moon, planets and bright stars.
He explains, “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 hours and hours he spends is worth the time as his images depict the sun in a highly artistic yet accurate manner.
He has also given a TED presentation where he talks about his work and inspires others to try doing something similar!