If you've ever dreamed of quitting your day job, you're not alone. Usually it's a slow progression of little successes that eventually add up to something bigger. But for Mike Taylor, he knew when it was time to quit his day job and truly pursue his passion for photography.
It was St. Patrick's Day, 2013. While the rest of the country was celebrating with green drinks, Mike was alone at a lighthouse in Maine.
He was photographing the Northern Lights, a phenomenon of light emitting from electrically charged particles from the sun that have entered the earth's atmosphere.
Mike recalls that nights as, "the defining moment when I realized I should be teaching other folks how to capture the features of the night sky."
The images he captured on his Nikon are truly magical.
It was the very next day that the 40-year-old quit his day job. Can you blame him?
It was a bold move, but it paid off. Mike has been featured on The Weather Channel, Space.com and NBC for his photographic genius.
His photos are so detailed and painterly, it's hard to believe that it's really what the sky looks like.
With all the light pollution, it's hard to believe this is going on around us.
Mike uses some manipulation through Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS, but the colors and images are completely real.
And completely beautiful.
To see more of Mike Taylor's incredible images, check out his portfolio site.
Credit: Mike Taylor Photography