We had the good fortune of connecting with Rogelio Bernal Andreo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rogelio, what do you attribute your success to?
Based on what I’ve observed and the feedback I’ve received, the one thing that caught people’s attention the most when looking at my astroimages was that, unlike most other astrophotos at the time that seemed to be mostly “catalog images” (one celestial object in the center, nothing else), many of my images had a very strong compositional element. Rather than images of individual objects, they presented complete stellar landscapes. This is something that I pursued deliberately, not to create different views but to actually SEE them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I mentioned earlier, soon after I learned to deal with the technical side of astrophotography, I was immediately attracted to capturing views I hadn’t seen before. This means that, instead of taking a picture of just the Andromeda galaxy, I would capture a view of the Andromeda galaxy AND another galaxy that happens to be nearby. Or, rather than a picture of the Simeis 147 nebula, I would capture a view that includes that nebula and another popular nebula that isn’t too far away (Flaming Star nebula), always looking for interesting angles – which in deep-sky photography means mostly field-of-view and rotation. Yet, I was able to capture actual stellar landscapes as opposed to images “for a catalog:. My interest in “going deep” has also marked my style. Going deep here means capturing even the faintest of light, often going to extreme lengths so I could photograph clouds that had never been photographed before, all within the compositional element that I mentioned earlier.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’ve literally done that already, several times 🙂 Time permitting, I would plan a nice road trip that would include most of California National Parks (Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley. and more..), as well as places like Lake Tahoe, White Mountains, Big Sur… For those who have never been on a road trip like this, it can absolutely be a life-changing event. Obviously, we would do a lot of stargazing, not just daytime activities.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ll give a shoutout to photographer Mack Murdoc. He will probably tell you I’ve done for him more than he’s done for me, and we only knew about each other 2-3 years ago or so, but he’s the one who put me in contact with you guys 🙂
Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com)