Astronomy, astrophotography and more with Vlad Koblicica
Vlad Koblicica is a 16-year-old from Baia Mare, Romania. He photographs starry skies, stars, meteor showers, the Milky Way, and beyond.
The start of his passion for photography is related to his passion for astronomy. In the 6th grade, he found out that there was an astronomy course group in his school. Out of curiosity, he went for it and really loved it, so he kept attending the courses. One day, he learned that it’s possible to take pictures of the stars with a regular camera. With the help of his astronomy teacher, he managed to take his first picture of a star. This was the beginning of something that became a really important part of his life: photography. Over time, he kept practicing and learning new techniques, in both daylight photography and astrophotography. His passion for astronomy kept growing as well. He said it is hard and challenging sometimes, but it is worth it. Until now, he also attended several national olympiads of astronomy.
When we asked him why he chose astronomy he said he didn’t know exactly why, just that he doesn’t regret choosing it. He learned a lot of new things, from mathematics and physics, all the way to photography. Even if he couldn’t respond to why he chose astronomy he said he can tell us why he kept going. Astronomy gave him a whole new purpose and tons of new opportunities. The urge of learning new things is one of the things that motivated him over the years, and also because astronomy isn’t studied in school, so not many people know much about it. That’s why it’s really nice to share information about the Universe with your friends. Also, astronomy can be helpful in your daily life, for things like orientation.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way
How do you edit your pictures?
Some of my edits are very simple, like adjusting the light and the colors in Lightroom, but others are way more difficult. In astrophotography, I need to pre-process the pictures I take. Afterward, I stack the pictures to reduce the noise. In the end, I do the post-process, where I work with lots of layers and masks in Photoshop. It might seem hard at first, but with practice and experimenting, anything is possible.
Startrails. This is a type of photograph that uses long exposure to capture the apparent motion of stars in the night sky due to Earth’s rotation
What does one need to do what you do?
Once you have the equipment(a DSLR and a tripod should be just fine for a beginner), you just need a lot of dedication and time.
The Andromeda Galaxy
How do you find when and what to photograph?
Most of the time, I’m just walking randomly on a street and see something that it’s worth photographing, like a cool sunset or a puddle for reflections(when I don’t have my camera I use my phone). Sometimes, the idea of a picture comes to my mind, for example, a composition. Other times, I see other people’s pics and I’ll try to reproduce them. With astrophotography, it’s a bit different, because it requires more planning: it depends on the weather, the moon, and whether I’m able to go outside the city or not. Sometimes I take pictures of a specific event, like an eclipse or a meteor shower, but other times I select a target(for example a galaxy or a nebula), and I take pictures of it for several hours.
Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE
Vlad’s message for our readers:
If you find a passion, follow it. Even if the path is hard, you’ll eventually reach your goals, and you will see it was worth the effort. And most importantly, don’t let other people discourage you.
What does Vlad think about the Youth Only Club:
I think Youth Only Club is an awesome project. There are some very talented teens out there that achieved amazing things, and really deserve to be seen. Keep up the good work!