See galaxies, stars and cosmic dust in one of the world’s wonders of nature: the Iguaçu Falls, in the Iguaçu National Park, on the border of Brazil and Argentina. That was what a team led by the photographer Victor Lima, authorized to enter the place at night to take incredible photos.
Photo of Victor Lima
Passionate about astrophotography, he made a first visit to Iguaçu National Park with his family about two years ago. On his second visit, in March 2021, he came to the park with the images and dreams in his head, memorized photographs, and organized, together with the administration of the unit, a special release to carry out a photographic expedition at night, outside of office hours. to the public.
It is necessary to read the photographs calmly to identify the stars of the Universe, in the same way that Victor had to wait for the right moment, be patient, look intently, to be able to identify them and register them in the sky of the Falls.
In this photograph we have the arm of the Milky Way (spiral galaxy of which the solar system is a part) on the left side of the image. It is possible to identify in the upper part Cruzeiro do Sul (smallest of all constellations and considered the most important) and the nebula Eta Carinae (magenta), which is one of the largest and most luminous stars in our galaxy; it is not visible to the naked eye. On the right, you can see the large and small Magellanic Clouds, two irregular dwarf satellite galaxies in our galaxy. Both can be seen with the naked eye in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Milky Way appears diagonally over the Iguazu Falls elevator. In this photograph you can see the emission nebulae (cloud of ionized gas that emits light of various colors), bright clouds of dust (dust that exists in outer space) and interstellar gas, such as the Eagle Nebula (M16), the Omega Nebula (M17), the Lagoa Nebula (M8) and NGC 6357, among others. Above the nucleus of the Milky Way is Antares (red supergiant star in the constellation Scorpius).
How did you do it?
Incredible records, isn’t it? To capture these scenes, Victor Lima used a Canon 6D full-frame camera and made use of the long exposure technique, when the sensor needs more time to capture the image, and this is usually done in low light environments. The professional supported the camera on a tripod and used a conventional lens. He previously used and abused patience and research on the spot to achieve the results released. The scenes were recorded for three nights, from 10 pm to 4 am.
Who is Victor Lima?
He is a civil engineer graduated from the Federal University of Viçosa (MG) in 1997. Of the elements used in engineering projects, such as calculations, map readings, projects and the behavior of light, Victor adapted the techniques for his photographic expeditions and managed, with a reasonably short working time – compared to the career time of photography professionals – to produce emblematic records focused on landscape astrophotography, the art of photographing the night sky with scenarios.
His career as a photographer began in 2014, when he bought his first camera, a Canon T5i, an equipment considered entry by professional photographers. The objective was to record the trip he would take with his wife to Spain. In Europe, with his ideas in his head and the camera in his hand, he managed to make satisfactory photos. But Victor believed that he could obtain records with better compositions.
Back home, he began to study the basic concepts of photography in depth and with perfectionism. Didactically, he tested and tried to use all the possibilities of his equipment at the time, making outings to test his learning. Increasingly instigated by the discoveries with each new record, he extended his studies to six hours a day.
Engineer Victor, who was torn between engineering work and the study of photography, increased his readings and photographic studies in 2015, when he decided to participate and was successful in winning the National Geographic Traveler magazine contest, which brought together 34 thousand participants in the world. Victor’s photo, recorded in Salto Corumbá, in the state of Goiás, was the first to be published on the cover of the magazine by a reader.
“The award motivated me a lot. At that time I had a photograph published in a magazine with worldwide visibility. I felt that this was the beginning of a career and I could dedicate myself to photography. From 2015 to 2019, I studied and practiced the techniques I learned, parallel to my career as an engineer ”, he informed.
Currently Victor Lima dedicates himself entirely to the world of photography, with photographic expeditions throughout Brazil and around the world. One of his strong performances is in courses in landscape astrophotography for groups of people who want to improve techniques and knowledge.
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