Bret Webster has an obsession – he explores the South-West of the United States looking for new ways to capture the breath-taking display of stars that span our night sky. Though he has many images of historical monuments and exotic beaches in his portfolio, Bret’s passion lies in capturing the galaxy that blankets the deserts of Utah and Colorado at night. The images consist of the milky way and occasionally planets as they become visible to us on certain nights.
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According to Webster,”All my night-sky images occur with exposure times of 30-60 seconds and at absurdly high ISOs starting at 1600 and more often 3200. I use a Canon 5D Mk II for these images because of the full-frame sensor and because with the full-frame sensor I get the maximum width from any wide-angle lens”.
These absolutely captivating photos contrast the extraterrestrial splendor of the night sky with elements that are common to nature on earth such as sand dunes, trees and canyons. They remind us that we are but one out of an endless possible entities that exist in outer space.
The most remarkable picture, in my opinion, is the ghost-panel pictograph one featured below. These pictographs are speculated to be 7000 years old. For as long as time, humans have looked to the skies and the heavens for guidance and wisdom. This image captures the beginning of human existence and contrasts it perfectly with the night sky which we have been trying to understand scientifically and metaphorically since our existence and throughout. The juxtaposition makes for a very telling portrayal of human civilization and our outlook towards things that are superhuman such as stars and planets. He captures our willingness to explore and a curiosity that has existed among men for far longer than we can comprehend.