Which Photo Was Shot by the European Space Agency, and Which One is Amateur?

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Amateur in comparison to the European Space Agency's millions, that is, not to you and I who don't have $15,000 to spend on home photography set-ups. But which of these space shots is the amateur—can you tell?

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Alright, I'll give you the answer. On the left is ESA's composite photo of the Andromeda Galaxy, taken on the Herschel infrared space telescope and the XMM-Newton, and on the right is Brit Steve Loughran's snap of the very same formation, taken from his garden in Cambridgeshire with a refrigerated digital camera to speed it up, and three lenses varying from 60mm - 190mm.

Loughran's got some incredible space photos up on his site, which will just make you salivate with jealousy over his skill (and equipment). [Steve Loughran via Daily Mail and Discover - Thanks, Christopher!]

DISCUSSION

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This is why I prefer a lot of amateur work than to professional work.

For one reason, if something's amateur and looks good to my eye, then obviously they've spent a lot less money to make it happen. They're also not getting paid for it, so they must be very dedicated to make such a picture. It's also rather unlikely that they've had much training to do something like it. Whereas a professional has.

I don't know if anyone agrees, but I just like looking at amateur work over professional work most of the time. Unless it's terrible.