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Sergio
Díaz‑Ruiz
Universe photography

+Info & full credits: National Geographic, BBC Sky at Night

+Info & full credits: see announcement at expanding_astro Blog

Link to the full video:
"Icelandic Rivers of Light", Sergio Díaz Ruiz/IAU OAE, CC-BY
Video is sync'ed to the music theme "Chasing Daylight" by Scott Buckley, www.scottbuckley.com.au, CC-BY

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@about me
Very cool photo of me on Jökulsárlón beach (Iceland), by my friend Juanlu

MSc in Computer Engineering and MSc in Data Science. Full-time husband and father. By day, an IT Engineer for the Government of Andalucía, Spain. By night, an astronomer and astrophotographer, whenever possible.

I developed passion for astronomy since I watched Carl Sagan's Cosmos series as a kid. The astrophotographs of David Malin and Akira Fujii also captivated my imagination. I read every astronomy book that crossed my path, but didn't really experience the wonders of visual, naked-eye observation until my early adolescence when for the first time I could be under relatively dark skies, at least dark enough for a city boy. On my twenties I had access to a 8" telescope and began to use it at the rooftop of my home, downtown Seville city, in Spain.

After borrowing my father's old film camera for a few times, finally in 2002 I purchased my first digital camera for daytime photos and naturally I started to photograph some night landscapes and telescopic targets. That was the beginning of a long journey with many trips and interruptions, but eventually I managed to made my path. I'm a self-taught photographer, which means that almost all I learned, and still learn, came from others, some renowned, some anonymous, all more skillful than I am, so thank you sincerely.

Digital format enabled me to explore photography without the stress of wasting film. Naturally I evolved also in daytime photography, which I also love, as an expression for the delight of nature, architecture, and of course, people. I like to travel, usually with my loved family, and bring the camera with me wherever I go.

As an enthusiast on technology, I chose to study Electronics in secondary school and then made a career on Computer Engineering. I enjoy making photographic accessories by 3D-printing custom models and developing the electronics for them. More recently I reinvented myself as data scientist, something that naturally influenced my perspective about astrophotography.

In this site I wanted to share with you some of my photographic work, hoping that it evokes you the same emotions that I experienced when I was there, releasing the shutter.

Publications and Awards

"Juegos de luz y sombras en Sagitario". 3rd prize in the category "Night Sky" of the Astrophotography Contest of the Red Andaluza de Astronomía (RAdA), September 2022.

"Busy Star". Shortlisted image in the 'Annie Maunder for Image Innovation' category of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, 14th edition (2022). July, 2022.

"Astrofotografía. La ciencia transforma datos en arte.". Charla en el ciclo "Ciencia en Bulebar". Dec 15th, 2021, Seville (Spain).

"From Antares to Zeta Oph Nebula". Highlighted by the European Space Agency (ESA) spanish Twitter account on Dec 6th, 2021.

"Cave Nebula". Highlighted by the European Space Agency (ESA) spanish Twitter account on Oct 8th, 2021.

"Oasis de Oscuridad". Commended timelapse project of the VI Concurso de Astrofotografia, Timelapse y Dibujo Astronómico de Calar Alto. Sep 21th, 2021. [YouTube]

"Another Cloudy Day on Jupiter: A Surface Map Based on 8 Filters Data". Winner (joint) image in the 'Annie Maunder Special Prize for Image Innovation' category of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, 13th edition (2021). Sep 16th, 2021. [+ Info] [Awards Ceremony] Published on BBC Sky at Night magazine #197, p. 32, October 2021 and in the online edition.

"Icelandic Rivers of Light". 2nd place on 'Aurorae Time-lapse' category of the IAU OAE (International Astronomical Union - Office of Astronomy for Education) 2021 Astrophotography Contest. Aug 25th, 2021. [Full Video]

"Multiband Whirlpool Galaxy: From Infrared to X-Rays". Shortlisted image in the 'Annie Maunder for Image Innovation' category of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, 13th edition (2021). June, 2021.[+ Info]

"Another Cloudy Day on Jupiter: A Surface Map Based on 8 Filters Data". Shortlisted image in the 'Annie Maunder Special Prize for Image Innovation' category of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, 13th edition (2021). June, 2021.[+ Info]

"Red Dragon Nebula". Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day (AAPOD) on Nov 27th, 2020.

"Nebulae in Lacerta". Astronomía magazine, issue #257 (November 2020), p. 87.

"Pleiades cluster wrapped in interstellar dust". Astronomía magazine, issue #256 (October 2020), p. 87.

"Pleiades cluster wrapped in interstellar dust". Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day (AAPOD) on Sep 19th, 2020.

"Nebulae in Lacerta". Highlighted by the European Space Agency (ESA) spanish Twitter account on Sep 17th, 2020.

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