Interstellar rising star

In part one of ‘Rising star’ we talked to Landscape Photographer of the Year winner, Mara Leite, about how she got started in photography. Here we look at her passion for the universe.

A genre of photography which has a strong appeal to Mara Leite is astrophotography. As this is closely aligned with her scientific studies and work, people tend to think this was where she started with photography , but actually it was the other way around and it came later. “I started in the city, followed by local state and national parks and eventually further and further away until the skies were dark enough to capture the Milky Way. So yes, wide field of view astrophotography was a natural progression from landscape photography as I spent more time outdoors and became comfortable in remote locations. I learned astrophotography the same way I learned about the other photography genres, through blogs, YouTube, playing around with settings, and sharing tips and knowledge with friends.”

Astrophotography can take you in many directions but most often further and deeper into space! At this level it can become highly specialised. We wondered if this is daunting and an area which interests her.

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches and is a competition judge.