Behind the Artist: AstroBackYardUtah

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We’ve got another amazing NFT artist who takes the time to capture space in an incredible style. Taking the time to capture photos in real life from some amazing locations, this is an artist well worth learning more about and checking out the amazing NFT collection.

Check out the artists collection on kollect.me https://kollect.me/user/astrobackyardutah

How did you get started with art?

I have always had a fascination with the universe and space since I was a young boy. When I got older, I started dabbling into photography and learned that you can take pictures of deep space objects (Planets, Galaxies, Nebula, etc), so I did months of research and bought my first Astrophotography rig consisting of a telescope, mount, filters, camera, hardware and processing software.

I then became hooked after going out almost every night in my backyard and after 6 months upgraded all of my equipment, reached out to the best in the industry to guidance on how to edit properly and collaborate.

How did you discover NFTs?

I discovered NFT’s via Twitter as it was the next “craze”. I couldn’t wrap my head around it until I minted my first NFT (Vpunks on VeChain). The rush behind a blind mint was exhilarating and to know that it could potentially be worth more than what you paid for it was an added bonus!

What made you decide to get involved with NFTs?

The NFT market space is a new frontier in crypto as they have 3 pillars to them. UTILITY – What does this token do and how can it be utilized. Can it be used for payment, staking/rewards, or earn to play.

STATUS – Is this an exclusive/rare/hard to obtain item for in game play or is this a limited collectable art piece that there is only 1:1 in the metaverse. COMMUNITY – How can this NFT enlarge the community it is targeting and bridge the gap to other communities.

Can you tell us about your NFT journey so far? Any high’s and low’s to share? 

My NFT journey has been a rollercoaster as I tried to mint my astrophotography on OpenSea but was paying absurd amounts of ETH for gas fees. I minted 2 photos on there and saw it would take a massive offer from a buyer to even break even. I was extremely disheartened so I went back to the drawing board.

I then reached out to my fellow astrophotographers and curated 5-10 of their best photos along with mine and will be launching an exclusive collection soon!

How would you describe your style? Where does your inspiration come from? 

My style depends on the target I shoot but I prefer a bold, detailed, and colorful palette. For nebulas I typically do the SHO (Sulfur, Hydrogen Alpha, & Oxygen gas – These are gases that are emitted in space) method or as I like to call it the “Fire & Ice”.

For galaxies, I run the standard LRGB (Luminance, Red, Green, & Blue) to get the finite details and base colors. If there is HA gas present I will also utilize that filter palette.

What is your creative process when creating an NFT? 

I edit and create what comes to mind at that point and time. I research the target and lookup NASA APOD’s to see what has been done and try to emulate details but add my own twist to it in the color. I also enjoy making composite images using star backgrounds from other objects inlayed with lunar, solar, planetary, or other deep space images.

What are your thoughts on the future of NFTs?

NFT’s are a huge part of the metaverse future for in-game items, play-to-earn, collectibles, avatars, and really anything else you can tokenize and use on the blockchain. I am 100% in and cannot wait to see how this market space grows in the next 5 years!

Are there any drops that you are looking forward to?

I am excited to see what new projects come out on the CKB/Nervos & VeChain blockchains!

What would be 1 piece of advice that you would give to a new NFT artist?

Make sure your NFT’s incorporate all 3 aspects of the pillars listed above as there will be many that come and go but only a few that will withstand the test of time.

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