IT consultant, Johannes Holzer, braved the cold to capture breath-taking shots of the milky way from a whole new perspective. They were taken from above and below the water’s surface along the Isar, a river in Southern Germany.
Johannes said: “I was fascinated that you can see the milky way but I had absolutely no idea how to take a picture of it. After studying how to record the milky way I bought a star tracker and started in Spring 2016. You can catch the milky way best when there’s a new moon and it’s really dark which makes it a little bit creepy in most cases. If you stay there for more than three or four hours you get cold and you feel creepy because there are voices from the forest which you can not categorize.
At the end I was not able to manage my camera because I couldn’t feel my fingers in the cold water. In general I do the foreground with a long exposure which is a minimum of 300 seconds and for the Sky, I use a star tracker which makes it possible to record for the same amount of time. For the underwater shot I use a water-case for my Sony A7r and place a light in the water.
The Milky Way underwater was a real challenge because it took the whole night to find the correct lighting and position.”