Hi, my name is Mihail Minkov, and I live in Sofia, Bulgaria, with my wife and our two small children. With so many people across the world unable to spend time outside, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my latest photography project.

Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the stars and the night sky. Over the last two years, I have dedicated my time to capturing and revealing the secrets of the night sky and Milky Way, in particular. I have spent countless hours during the night alone, but not lonely under the night’s sky from February until late October.

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Sophie Harris
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4 months ago

Those clouds look like a nice snack

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Staying under the stars, the calmness, and solitude that the night gives makes me feel humble and tranquilized. So many people have never seen the Milky Way with their own eyes, which is a pity because standing under the Milky Way arc in a warm summer night is an experience that you will never forget. Thanks to my light-sensitive camera, we can see a level of detail from the night sky that we can’t see with our naked eyes. In addition to what the night’s sky offers us, I love to add a personal story in the foreground and combine them in one image.

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Solitude.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I am so jealous! That looks like the perfect camping spot!

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Autumn night in the mountain, October 2019.

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Ray Stroud
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4 months ago

beautiful

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Astrophotography is a complex hobby, and you need to take into consideration lots of factors, efforts, and planning to achieve some results. You can’t just go out and shoot. You need to have the right gear, including a good camera and a fast lens. You have to wait for the new moon when the sky is dark enough, travel far away from the city, and the light pollution areas, which is a significant problem for night sky observation. Also, you need to wait for the perfect weather conditions—for a clear, cloudless sky. Finding an ideal location, make a good composition, and start to shoot, spending a few hours under the night sky, alone.

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Emma Pham
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4 months ago

i love the color of these bushes

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Lindsey Ruiz
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4 months ago

This is so beautiful, I wish I could go somewhere like this.

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If you are lucky enough to have all these conditions, you will finally have some images to work on, and this is where the real work starts! That is where the post process begins by extracting the details and colors your camera managed to capture. That's the point where photographers add their personal touch, adding their heart and soul into their art.

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago (edited)

Are any of these time lapse? Gorgeous. The c!oud, though, looks like a cartoon character 's head.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I would just lay on that beach and stare at the sky forever.

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At this stage, where the secrets from the night sky reveal themselves, and we may appreciate the infinite beauty of it, like Milky Way’s core. Our home galaxy, nebulae, and other fantastic galaxies are only visible for a certain period during the year. Reflect on the wisdom of the stars which have been there long before the human race and will remain long after. If you like my work, follow me on my Instagram page linked above.

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Emma Pham
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4 months ago

this would be my lockscreen if it could

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Cosmic selfie.

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Emma Pham
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4 months ago

got the power

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Tyulenovo arc, Black sea coast of Bulgaria.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Love it! It looks so desolate, yet so beautiful!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago (edited)

This reminds me of when I was a kid, and my brothers and I would splash in the mud puddles in our driveway on summer nights. We were mostly just wasting time because we didn't want to go inside. We weren't ready for the day to end.

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Star observer.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I think this one is my favorite so far!

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The bat cave and the Milky Way core.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Cool! I love the cave framing the pic.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Wow! This looks so amazing!

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Nighttime stories.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Cool!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Neat! So vast!

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Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Milky Way core.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

So cool! Three in one!

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Kamen Bryag area, Black sea coast of Bulgaria.

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A Lazy Spider
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4 months ago

This photo made me remember that the universe is so huge and we're just a small speck in it.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Wow!

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We are so insignificant in the face of the universe.

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Nathaniel Wares
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4 months ago

Do not fear, iron man is here!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Very cool! I love the addition of the family!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I like how the rocks frame the pic.

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Corona blues, under the night sky.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I love this pic. I would frame it and put it in my room.

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Stone forest, Pchelina dam, Bulgaria.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Sweet! I love the purple hues!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Wow!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Awesome!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Awesome! I love vast openness!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

So cool!

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Janet Brown
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4 months ago

That's where I want to be!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

So cool!

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Million star hotel

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Gorgeous pic. And I love the title "Million star hotel". Awesome!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I love this one too! It looks so quiet and relaxing there!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

I love this one too!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

OMG! I love this one!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

This one feels so peaceful!

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When the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter meets under the Milky Way arc

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Amazing!

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Nathaniel Wares
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4 months ago

It looks like a dementor is sucking his soul

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

This looks like a ritual of some sort.

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beanie
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4 months ago

I just want to sit on that branch and watch the stars

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God connection, a small chapel called St Peter and Pavel near Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

This one looks magical!

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February 2020, early morning walk for Milky Way shooting.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Gorgeous!

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The wisdom of the stars.

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beanie
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4 months ago

It almost looks like the person is projecting the stars on the sky

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Micala Kohler
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4 months ago

Thank you for taking my breath away. We balance the awful moments with moments of awe.

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Milky Way core.

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Beautiful!

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Frozengeckolover
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4 months ago

Love the effect!

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Spring night.

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Martin Dabek
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4 months ago

Love it!

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Janice Chainey
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4 months ago

So enjoyed these extremely creative photographs of the night. Beauty and creativity. A joy to see. Thank You Mihail.

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