Boston-based greeting-card maker Alan Friedman takes mind blowing photos of the Sun using a $5,000 telescope right from his backyard. Because the atmosphere isn’t steady, it’s practically impossible to get sharp images of the objects – that’s why Alan has to stream many frames in a short period and pick the best ones to merge them into a single photograph.

Alan’s raw material is black and white, so he has to figure out the coloring himself: “Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image,” he says.  ‘I think that paying attention to art and science both has helped me to create images that share both knowledge and inspiration.’