Comet Neowise, the aurora borealis, and the milky way as seen from a ridge in the Canadian Rockies.
” The wind was so intense that we seemed like we were going to get overturned. We had to nestle on the other side of the mountain and we were there up until 3 or 4 a.m. The video camera didnt stop clicking.”
Wailing winds atop Tent Ridge on this summer season evening did not deter Stanley Aryanto from capturing a trifecta of awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Aryanto caught more than 2,000 images that night– and his efforts paid off tenfold. He has achieved copious awards from the photos and videos produced that night, consisting of Astrofest 2021 Best Timelapse, the Silver and Bronze Award for International Landscape Photography of the Year by Better Photography Magazine in 2020, and Australias Top Emerging Photographer in 2021.
When Aryanto quit his effective career in 2018 to pursue his enthusiasm for photography full-time, little did he know he was going to record an unbelievable huge event within only 18 months. He calls the journey to record unique moments in life, The Wicked Hunt, and this was one hell always remember.
The Canadian Rockies have actually always provided awesome sights, however take this dramatic mountain setting and pair it with an uncommon comet that wont be noticeable for another 6,800 years and youve got the dish for an awe-inspiring image chance– one that photographers only imagine.
For an Australian mechanical engineer turned award-winning travel and landscape professional photographer, this dream came true in July 2020.
A close-up of Comet Neowise
He recalls this night strongly. He had been living in Lake Louise for a half and a year and when he discovered about the pending comets arrival, he understood it was a uncommon and one-of-a-kind image opportunity that he wasnt going to miss out on. While cloud cover obscured all chances of finding Comet Neowise at the start of the night, the weather forecast showed clear skies around midnight.
At sunset, with an 18-kilogram backpack loaded with electronic camera equipment slung over his shoulders, Aryanto set out with a good friend to climb up steep, rocky terrain for 3 hours to Tent Ridge. This is the equipment he took:
” If I had not decided to stop my career and pursue photography full-time, I would have never ever seen this phenomenon.”
When Stanley left his engineering career, his mission was to experience and catch unseen point of views of the world with the hopes of inspiring and helping others pursue their dream life.
Aryanto claims it was a combination of things that permitted him to catch this distinct minute.
” The sun was still out so it was only faint but thats when I resembled, Holy crap. Im going to have the best night of my life on top of this mountain. What I saw was extraordinary and among the most gorgeous sights Ive ever seen.”
However this wasnt the very first time Aryanto had tried to picture Comet Neowise. He had one failed attempt earlier that week but that just made him more driven to emerge his wish of catching an unique image.
” One of the biggest lessons Ive found out as a professional photographer is to get out there even when conditions arent ideal and have an open mind,” said Aryanto. “I took a possibility since heck, its not every day a comet is noticeable to the naked eye. I knew this was my chance.”
Aryanto says his most satisfying work is motivating other professional photographers to develop the very same love and gratitude for photography he has. Classes and mentorship are offered through his company, The Wicked Hunt Photography, where he also sells copies of the lots of images hes taken around the world.To see more of Aryantos work, visit his Print Gallery and @thewickedhunt.
Aryanto said he could not think his eyes. “This is by far the most gratifying all-nighter Ive ever pulled– and Ive pulled a couple of all-nighters in my time.”
The start of Aryantos “Wicked Hunt” for a special point of view started with a lovely sunset.
As the evening developed, Comet Neowise and the aurora borealis were in view, and this ended up being a “Wicked Hunt” to keep in mind.
As darkness fell, a faint green band became visible on the horizon.
” When we got to the ridge, I set up one of my cameras for a time-lapse. The sundown was beautiful and there were just a couple of scattered clouds,” he said.
” Photography has brought me hope, purpose, and joy. It has actually trained me to have a more positive mindset and has taught me to appreciate the beauty in any setting.”
When it comes to photography, he stresses the value of stabilizing science and art. “The most precious possession in photography is our vision and our viewpoints. You can have state-of-the-art equipment however without comprehending how to utilize it and having an eye for photography, youre hooped.”
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” One of the most significant lessons Ive found out as a photographer is to get out there even when conditions arent ideal and have an open mind,” said Aryanto. “I took a possibility since heck, its not every day a comet is visible to the naked eye. When it comes to photography, he stresses the importance of balancing science and art. “The most precious asset in photography is our vision and our perspectives. You can have top-of-the-line gear however without comprehending how to utilize it and having an eye for photography, youre hooped.”
Based in the Canadian Rockies, Kim Logan is a writer, mountain runner, and incurable optimist whos permanently growing and exploring with the circulation. You can follow Kims adventures on Instagram and on Vimeo.