E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Canberra and Sydney, Australia Specialty: Astrophotography
Humayun Qureshi is a 27 year-old photographer who is mesmerised by the cosmos and attempts to bring the glory of the heavens to the viewer.
Humayun has been interested in astronomy for as long as he can remember. In recent times he has purchased components that make up his primary imaging rig; including an 8" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and a Canon EOS-350D digital SLR with an assortment of lenses. He hopes to purchase his first Canon EF L-series lense some time in 2006 and use it as an apochromatic astrograph for widefields.
When he isn't busy working for the Australian Government as an IT infrastructure officer - UNIX systems administrator, he is busy processing his images, and preparing for the next time he is able to get out to dark skies to shoot a range of different objects. He likes to shoot prime focus deep space objects, however, he also has a soft spot for piggy-backed widefields.
Astrophotography is a very trying pasttime; one which involves an enormous amount of input in the form of setting up of equipment, alignment, taking of images, pre- and post-processing. Humayun has taken the challenge in his stride, and is known for spending hours in the processing of his acquired data. It is not uncommon for a marathon 12 hour effort be put in to accomplish his images.
He says it is a great thrill to watch the image slowly form on his notebook's display during the processing phase.
In recent times his photographs have been published and appeared in astronomy magazines.
If he can get one person to look at the sky as a result of viewing his images, he feels then, that his job, in some small way, is done.
Daily Deviation Feature 24th of June, 2006.
Bachelor of Science (Computing), Macquarie University, Australia.