The stars aligned when Ryan Bray moved to Jasper National Park.
It was here that the Parks Canada videographer and photographer discovered his passion for dark sky photography. Bray left the bustling metropolis of Banff in 2011, around the same time Jasper National Park was recognized as a dark sky preserve, to work as a park interpreter in JNP.
It was while living in staff accommodation at Whistlers Campground that he rediscovered the night sky.
Reflecting on it, Bray, who now specializes in dark sky photography, says “it was just being in the right place at the right time in my life.
“I had forgotten what the stars looked like,” he recalls. “Then living out at Whistlers, on numerous occasions when there was no moon, I’d go look out and it just blew my mind. And at the same time, I was really starting to amp up my photography, so the skies were a natural draw.”
In the past few years, Bray’s night sky photos have brought JNP thousands of likes, comments and shares on its social media feeds, blowing people’s minds all over the world.
Most recently, he has shared some spectacular shots and timelapses of aurora borealis whisking across starry skies.
Here are his tips for capturing spectacular photos of Jasper’s night skies.
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