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By: Awayn Media

INTRODUCTIONS

Astrophotographer/space geek/wild horse superhero/pit bull dadTyler Sichelski has always been fascinated by the mysteries of the night skies, even as a child. Based Arizona, home to some of the darkest skies in the world, the galaxies make up his universe. 

Was there anything specific that you can remember that made you want to become a photographer?

I was first drawn to photography because of graphic design. I felt it was easier to go out and capture the pictures myself than looking through stock websites. I didn’t get passionate about it until I moved to Arizona, and the beauty of the state, and the dark skies ignited a fire.

What did you find so unique about Arizona?

Arizona is so unique, and people that have lived here their whole life are unaware how beautiful it really is compared to most of the country. Before moving here, I thought Arizona was all desert… as most are. I was completely blown away by the diverse ecosystems in this state. You can go from desert to alpine forest in less than 2 hours by driving north, or only 20 minutes if you drive to the top of Mt. Lemmon! Also, the true spirit of the Wild West that is the Spanish mustang wild horses, is something to treasure.

Did you get to photograph any hidden places in Arizona?

There are a lot of less-travelled places in Arizona that I love to go to. I spend a lot of time on Google Earth looking for spots! I will say though, there are some hidden places along the Salt River that require some hiking, or kayaking to get to, that are truly breathtaking.

What equipment do you use to captures your footage? And why? What are some of the challenges of using them?

I am a Canon shooter, and I have a full frame 6D, and a crop sensor 80D. As for lenses, I have an eclectic assortment from professional Canon glass to many 3rd party lenses that I’ve tested and loved. As for challenges, it’s been the innovation from Canon. It’s starting to become troublesome seeing other manufactures innovating each year, and Canon behind the times.

What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory?

My most recent trip out of town to Kingman was pretty memorable. I took my fiancé, who was my girlfriend at the time, up there for the weekend. We visited the wild burros in Oatman, rescued a dog from the desert on the way to see the Cerbat wild horses, enjoyed the sites along that stretch of Route 66, and did some wide field astro near Kingman. I love quick get-a-ways like that.

What advice would you give to someone embarking on their first adventure?

You can only learn so much from behind the computer. Whether you feel “ready” or not, go out and learn from your mistakes and accomplishments. Try not to stress about what you can’t control either. Enjoy the moments, and capture them to the best of your ability. Learn from your experiences, then repeat.

Closing Thoughts … How do you think photography and traveling has changed your view of the world?

The two fields I’m currently working in, Astro and wild horses, both have had a significant impact to my view on the world. Being under the stars, in complete darkness is a humbling experience that everyone should have. Understanding what exactly you are looking at, and how small we are compared to the cosmos gives you a perspective that you can’t get anywhere else.

Observing the wild horses has ignited a fire in my heart for these animals. I volunteer a lot of my time to making sure they continue to have a home in the wild, and educating the public on the facts… and not what our government, or ranchers tell them. It’s really sad how much destruction can come of pure greed. Humanity quickly forgets how much we owe to this animal, and everything we accomplished on their backs.  I’ll spend the rest of my days giving them a voice, and sharing beautiful photos of them.

Tyler Sichelski & Astrophotography plus horses

Awayn


Astrophotographer/space geek/wild horse superhero/pit bull dadTyler Sichelski has always been fascinated by the mysteries of the night skies, even as a child. Based Arizona, home to some of the darkest skies in the world, the galaxies make up his universe. 

Was there anything specific that you can remember that made you want to become a photographer?

I was first drawn to photography because of graphic design. I felt it was easier to go out and capture the pictures myself than looking through stock websites. I didn’t get passionate about it until I moved to Arizona, and the beauty of the state, and the dark skies ignited a fire.


What did you find so unique about Arizona?

There are a lot of less-travelled places in Arizona that I love to go to. I spend a lot of time on Google Earth looking for spots! I will say though, there are some hidden places along the Salt River that require some hiking, or kayaking to get to, that are truly breathtaking.


Did you get to photograph any hidden places in Arizona?

There are a lot of less-travelled places in Arizona that I love to go to. I spend a lot of time on Google Earth looking for spots! I will say though, there are some hidden places along the Salt River that require some hiking, or kayaking to get to, that are truly breathtaking.

What equipment do you use to captures your footage? And why? What are some of the challenges of using them?

I am a Canon shooter, and I have a full frame 6D, and a crop sensor 80D. As for lenses, I have an eclectic assortment from professional Canon glass to many 3rd party lenses that I’ve tested and loved. As for challenges, it’s been the innovation from Canon. It’s starting to become troublesome seeing other manufactures innovating each year, and Canon behind the times.

What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory?

My most recent trip out of town to Kingman was pretty memorable. I took my fiancé, who was my girlfriend at the time, up there for the weekend. We visited the wild burros in Oatman, rescued a dog from the desert on the way to see the Cerbat wild horses, enjoyed the sites along that stretch of Route 66, and did some wide field astro near Kingman. I love quick get-a-ways like that.

What advice would you give to someone embarking on their first adventure?

You can only learn so much from behind the computer. Whether you feel “ready” or not, go out and learn from your mistakes and accomplishments. Try not to stress about what you can’t control either. Enjoy the moments, and capture them to the best of your ability. Learn from your experiences, then repeat.

Closing Thoughts … How do you think photography and traveling has changed your view of the world?

The two fields I’m currently working in, Astro and wild horses, both have had a significant impact to my view on the world. Being under the stars, in complete darkness is a humbling experience that everyone should have. Understanding what exactly you are looking at, and how small we are compared to the cosmos gives you a perspective that you can’t get anywhere else.

Observing the wild horses has ignited a fire in my heart for these animals. I volunteer a lot of my time to making sure they continue to have a home in the wild, and educating the public on the facts… and not what our government, or ranchers tell them. It’s really sad how much destruction can come of pure greed. Humanity quickly forgets how much we owe to this animal, and everything we accomplished on their backs.  I’ll spend the rest of my days giving them a voice, and sharing beautiful photos of them.