Hi, I’m Craig Semple and I am the photographer behind Surf Coast Light Waves. My aim is to create images that inspire and enable the viewer to see our beautiful world and universe in a way they haven’t seen, or even imagined, before.
I have always drawn inspiration from the outside world and the raw energy of nature. Apart from astronomy and photography my pastimes include surfing, bushwalking, snow boarding and mountain biking. I am extremely privileged to live on Victoria’s beautiful Surf Coast with my wife and three boys.
Like most kids growing up I was fascinated by space and the night sky. In 2008 I purchased my first decent telescope. My family, friends and I were amazed by rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter and beautiful nebulae. In 2012 I purchased a specialised solar telescope for safely viewing the sun, particularly for viewing the rare Transit of Venus. On this day I took the telescope to my son’s school. Over 300 kids lined up over and over again to see the planet Venus in front of the sun, giving an amazing insight into our solar system. It was incredible seeing the near universal amazement of the kids (and teachers) as they witnessed this event through their own eyes. They inspired me! We were extremely lucky we had clear skies as the next transit of Venus occurs in 2117!
Whilst the human eye is amazing, it is just not sensitive enough to see the very faint colours of galaxies and nebulae in the sky, even when they are magnified through a telescope. To see them in detail you need a camera, which was the next step for me. So I entered the addictive hobby of astrophotography. This has been a journey of near constant evolution. I now have wonderful Takahashi refractors with focal lengths of 360-900mm. These are then combined with specially designed ccd cameras that are cooled to -20 degrees to minimise noise during the very long exposures required for astrophotography.
Around a year ago I continued this astronomical journey by aiming my camera with a very wide angle lens at the beautiful night sky and anchoring it to equally beautiful foreground objects. I had entered the world of Nightscape (or Astro Landscape) Photography.
My aim with this technique is to give the viewer perspective and create a connection from the viewer to the amazing earth and universe. I like to keep the shots as natural as possible with careful white balance adjustment and gentle processing.
I really hope you enjoy this collection of my favourite images as much as I have enjoyed taking them.
Thanks for having a look around and if you have the time, please send me an email. I would love to know which were your favourites.
All images are available for purchase on ready to frame Fine art archival paper and canvas.