About Me

Zach Grether

Zach Grether

Night sky photography education, exhibition, and conservation.

Our future is one of dwindling resources.  We like to talk about the carbon-based fuels that power our homes, vehicles, and airplanes.  Some people worry about the drinkable water that many of us take for granted.  Those are all definitely on my mind, but the one resource that we are losing without even realizing it, is the night sky.  

Many of our children and grandchildren will never know what it's like to experience a truly dark sky.  They'll never get to see how bright the Milky Way can shine.  They will never experience that awesome deep-down-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach feeling you get when you just... look... up... and realize how insignificant we truly are.  And why is this?  Encroaching light pollution from our major cities and towns into the darkest areas of the planet are turning our black nights into orange and purple canopies with just a handful of the brightest stars able to overcome the light from the ground.  

The goal I have set forth with my photography is to teach, inspire, and make a difference.  It's my hope that maybe you'll see one of my images and realize that it's not too difficult to just turn out the lights once in a while. To keep up with me, you can check back here frequently or you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

National Geographic Magazine (November, 2016)

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch, Frame 19 of 30 of second stage boost and first stage re-entry.

Recent Accolades

"Frame 19" - November, 2016 issue of National Geographic (see above, right)

"Trees Down" - 2014 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, Honorable Mention

"A Canyon Lake Morning" - 2013 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, 2nd Place in Against the Lights Category

"Bridging Earth and Sky" - 2013 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, 4th Place in Against the Lights Category


"Wonders of the Night" at Walter H. Greer Art Gallery, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; August 2015

"Southwest Photography" at Bezalel Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; September-October 2013



Most of the images on my site are for sale or for licensing. If you'd like a specific size or product that is not offered, feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to accommodate you.  There is more information on the Prints pages that will hopefully help you make any decisions.  

1) Kodak Endura Metallic Paper - often described as "chrome on paper," this unique paper type has a glossy finish and metallic appearance that creates images with exceptional visual interest and depth. In addition to delivering rich, vibrant colors and flattering flesh tones, this paper offers century-plus image stability. Price is for paper print only. Mounting, matting, and/or framing, are an additional cost.

2) Fine Art GiclĂ©e Canvas Gallery Wrap - I used to offer this, but I never felt that it could display the details well enough so I've removed it from the purchasing options.  If you still have a strong desire for a canvas print, please contact me directly for pricing.

3) MetalPrints - dyes are infused directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, providing extreme durability with an almost magical luminescence. Additionally, Xenon Light Stability Testing results show that the image stability of these are 2 to 4 times that of traditional silver based photo papers. Comes ready to hang with a 1/2" float mount block attached to the back.

4) Acrylic Face Mounting (NEW, contact me directly to order) - similar to MetalPrints in presentation, these are brilliantly vibrant.  First the image is printed on Lexjet Sunset Metallic paper and then a sheet of TruLife premium acrylic is face-mounted to the print (thickness varies by order) allowing light to spill through to the shiny metallic surface below.  To finish it off, it comes ready to hang without a frame (like the MetalPrints).  These have to be seen to be believed.


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