Babak Tafreshi@babaktafreshi

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Babak Tafreshi

A bat flies into to the intense blue beams pointed to the sky. Some consider this art, a symbol, and some know it as identity landmark, but it’s certainly one of the worse examples of light pollution. The intense blue beam of light pointing skyward from the Luxor Hotel is a recognizable Las Vegas sight. But blue wavelengths are among the worst for artificial sky glow: They bounce around and scatter in the atmosphere, brightening the night sky more than warmer-colored counterparts. According to International Dark Sky Association (darksky.org), every year many millions of birds die colliding with needlessly illuminated buildings and millions of other migrating birds are disturbed and confused on their path due to intense lights pointed to the sky or horizon. Being one of the strongest beams of light in the world, the Luxor beam also attracts insects and bats out of their natural habitat. ⁣
⁣Swipe left to see a closer image of this abstract looking 5-second exposure. Learn more on our new @natgeo feature web story “Light pollution is getting worse, and Earth is paying the price”. Search light pollution on natgeo.com ⁣
#lightpollution #saveournightsky #lasvegas #twanight @idadarksky @twanight


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Stunning southern hemisphere view of the Milky Way from the 5000 meters (16,000 ft) high ALMA observatory, on Chilean Andes. I visited ALMA several times on assignment for @esoastronomy. Long overnight photography here is not easy with the harsh environment and bone-freezing temperature. This array of 66 movable large radio dishes can work together as a giant single telescope that expands in the area to zoom into an object or clusters in a pack to reveal fainter targets. Using an even much larger radio telescope array, in size of our planet, On April 10 astronomers revealed the first-ever image of a black hole, a breakthrough in science that I’m sure most of you have heard of it. They synched ALMA with several other telescopes across the globe to reveal the black hole in the heart of a massive galaxy some 50 million light years away. Check eventhorizontelescope.org for the image and the project ongoing discoveries. ⁣
#twanight #science #astronomy #exploration @natgeoimagecollection @twanight


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A 13th century stained glass window, statue, and mural, one of the many elegantly designed spaces in Notre-Dame Cathedral. Swipe to see the photos from my archive, reliving memories of several visits to this unrivaled French heritage. As I write this Paris firefighters finished the race to save the cathedral from ongoing fire. One of the finest examples of Gothic architecture and a symbol to the nation. It survived wars and desecration during the French Revolution in 1790s but now severely damaged. The most visited monument in Paris with about 12 million visitors yearly is more than a cathedral to French. In 1804 it was the site of Coronation of Napoleon I as Emperor of France. #notredame #paris @natgeo


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Painted by nature, and a fishing boat! Spend some moments to read this and explore the various elements in this unusual “real” photograph, a time-exposure full-circle fisheye image of northern lights and star trails above the Atlantic Ocean, photographed on the western coast of Iceland. A passing fishing boat created the trail on the ocean. A meteor and a satellite are also captured in the shot. Star trails, created by the Earth rotation during the half-hour exposure, appear around the north celestial pole, marked by the north star Polaris which stand near overhead in this far north 65 degrees latitude. ⁣
#twanight #fisheye #auroraborealis #northernlights #longexposure @twanight @natgeoimagecollection


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I very rarely post my daytime or portrait photos here except for occasions like this. Since my March 28 post about Iran disastrous floods, the land I was born and lived for 30 years, the situation has not improved and affected thousands of children and their families who have lost everything specially in Golestan province near Caspian Sea, Lorestan in Zagros Mountains, and Khuzestan in the southwest plain. The US sanctions in one side and awfully poor leadership of Iranian governors on the other side made the situation worse. You can help by sharing the story or donating to organizations which are directly involved in supporting: Moms Against Poverty in the US and the Red Cross in a number of countries across Europe who started sending donations to Iranian Red Crescent (rcs.ir) which is directly active in the field. ⁣
⁣The beautiful nomad girl of Zagros Mountains in this image is photographed 15 years ago on film, on a road trip to southwest Iran. ⁣
#iranfloods #lorestan #khuzestan #golestan


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Swipe left to see the entire view of this early April dusk in the U.S. capital with the New Moon setting above cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
#washingtondc #cherryblossom #newmoon @natgeoimagecollection


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On a quick trip, this was last evening in Washington DC with the fireworks for Cherry Blossoms Festival, photographed above Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon the U.S. capital each year to admire the 3,000-plus blossomed trees which were first planted in 1912. A gift of friendship from the People of Japan the trees are from Yokohama.
#washingtondc ##cherryblossom #nightphotography @natgeoimagecollection


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Today our feature story about light pollution is published on @natgeo website. “Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price.” The link is in my profile and today story.
Special thanks to our author, photo editors, my colleague photographer @oshindzakarian, and @deathvalleynps where some of the story is photographed. Here standing under an ocean of stars in a high altitude vista of Death Valley the glow of Las Vegas is still boldly visible, disturbing the natural night environment from 90 miles away.
#saveournightsky #starstruck #deathvalley #lightpollution @natgeoimagecollection @twanight @death_valley_knight


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Long exposure images, revealing star trails, are unique visuals to remind us not only the non-stop rotation of the planet, also the timeless sky above the changing Earth. Interested to learn how to photograph these, join me on a webinar tomorrow April 2 at 1pm ET (10am PT, 5pm GMT). babaktafreshi.com/workshop (or follow my profile link)
If you aren’t available for the live presentation, the recorded version will be delivered to all registered participants. We will also answer any question.
Organized by Sky&Telescope, the world’s most respected astronomy magazine, I’ve started these webinars 3 years ago. They answer the numerous questions I receive on how to photograph the night sky.
#astrophotography #astronomy #nightphotography #longexposure #webinar #twanight #startrails #babakworkshops


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New Moon setting in a red dusk of California. These rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains are known as Minarets, reaching over 12000 ft. I photographed this in August when the wildfires effected most of the area with unusual red-orange twilights due to smoky air.
I will return to the area in June for the 2019 California Nightscapes photo workshop. Learn more on babaktafreshi.com/workshop …
#twanight #sierranevada #newmoon #astrophotography #nightsky @natgeoimagecollection


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Shiraz, the city of poets, love, and history in Iran was hit by flash floods on March 25 which took at least 21 lives. I’ve been to Shiraz many times. This was a summer evening of 2010 in the tomb of Hafez, one of the most influential Persian poets of all time.
Unusual heavy rains in the last few days made flood warning in most of Iran and caused massive damage to Golestan province near the Caspian Sea.
#shiraz #iranfloods #hafez


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A starry night of lake in Dolomites, a spectacular part of Alps in northern Italy. The summer Milky Way appears above Latemar Mountain, with bright star Altair near the top. Yellow sodium light of a town behind the range reflects from the passing clouds. Photographed in 2012.
#saveournightsky #nightphotography #astrophotography #milkyway #dolomites #twanight @twanight @natgeoimagecollection


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