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Taking Aim at the Stars

By Adrian Zupp

Each Tuesday we’ll be running a new blog series called “In Focus” which will be specifically about Peter. Some entries will be quite biographical, others will discuss his work philosophies, while others may include insights from friends and colleagues. In this first installment, we look at Peter’s fascination with the stars and capturing them on film.

Some of Peter’s most stunning photos in recent times have been of the stars… the cosmos. One, “Tree of the Universe,” is featured in the premiere of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” and will be released the day the show airs: March 31.

Another, “Heart of the Universe” (pictured), featuring the Milky Way, is already a highly popular gallery shot.

In the notes for “Heart of the Universe,” Peter says “The night skies have always fascinated me.” And it’s true. The allure of the cosmos goes all the way back to his childhood when his father used to show him maps of the stars.

As a photographer, the allure has continued, inspired by a simple fact: “It fascinates me that photography can show light that the human eye can’t see…. If you leave the camera open for thirty seconds, a whole new world opens up.”

Peter points out that trial and error is the main strategy in shooting what the naked eye can’t see, which prompts him to say “Thank goodness for digital!” A clear reference to the fact that in the days before digital photography, trial and error was a very expensive process.

While he intends to keep most of his photography earthbound, shooting the heavens will be an intermittent “experiment” for the Master Photographer.

So keep an eye out for those breathtaking shots from when Peter turns his lens skyward. You’ve never seen anything like them.

FOOTNOTE: In Thursday’s blog, Peter gives tips on shooting the stars!

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 11:34 am



  1. Mr Lik.
    Your shots of the heavens are breath taking. Stunning shot’s love your work. And all the best for your new launch, l am sure it will be a hit. Hopefully we will see it in Australia.
    Just popped into your gallery in Noosa last weekend. The girls Sharon and Simone were very kind and gave me an opportunity to see your large prints under the lights. Fantastic.

    Comment by Thomas Lucht ( DOWN UNDER ) on March 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

  2. Thanks for the great feedback, Thomas!

    Comment by Staff Writer on March 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

  3. Dear Mr. Lik,
    Many of your friends in the International Association of Panoramic Photographers would like your help with a small project. Please contact one of your friends: David Orbock or Mark Segal – you know their numbers.. We know you are very busy, it’ll only take a few moments.
    Thank you!

    Comment by Dawn on March 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

  4. We’ve sent an email to the contacts you listed and will put Peter in contact with him. Sorry for the delay.

    Comment by Staff Writer on August 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  5. no problems at all. any chance of work experience ??? lol

    Comment by Thomas Lucht ( DOWN UNDER ) on March 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  6. Hi Thomas. There aren’t any openings at present. If any open up we’ll keep you in mind. Thanks.

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

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