The Author

Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist and science communicator by profession, has been a photographer for a long time. Early in the ’80s of last century he started imaging intensively, experimenting a host of different techniques, both in his darkroom and on the field. On the meantime he studied not only the technicalities, but also the physics and chemistry involved in photography, creating an excellent basis for any kind of application, ready to support his creativity.

His work ranges from astrophotography (especially deep sky imaging with powerful telescopes: see his Virtual Telescope Project website) to theater, crossing wildlife, reportage, arts and people.

Nowadays, Gianluca Masi works on digital imaging, with the strong benefits, both at the imaging time and post-production, from the past experience and knowledge coming from the ancient times of film photography.

He uses two Canon 5D mark IV DSLR bodies with the following lenses:

  • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye,
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM,
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM,
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM II,
  • Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM II,
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM,
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM II,
  • Samyang fisheye 8 mm f/3.5 UMC CS II,
  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical,
  • Samyang 24mm F/1,4 ED AS IF UMC,
  • Samyang 35mm f/1,4 AS UMC-AE,
  • Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC.

Canon 20D and 50D bodies are also available, as well as many other accessories.

His images are routinely featured by the most important journals and websites worldwide.

In Dec. 2019, the “Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali” hosted his solo exhibition “Carpe Sidera” at the “Museo Civico di Zoologia” in Rome, acclaimed by critics and audiences.

In 2006 Gianluca Masi launched the Virtual Telescope Project, now the leading facility in the world as for robotic online astronomy for a wide audiance from all over the world.

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