Shake it up

As I arrived to set up the camera in an attempt to photograph Comet Neowise last week the sun had just set and the comet was glowing like a bright jewel low in the North West. By the time I’d set up the camera it had promptly disappeared behind cloud. We had to wait another 4 hours for it to reappear.

The cloud gradually contracted, dispersed and the sky cleared to reveal something I’ve wanted to see since I was a schoolboy. A comet with a streaming tail. Everytime a comet has shown for me in the past it’s been a fuzzy ball only visible in optics. Here we had a bright naked eye object painted across the sky.

Down at the beach we tried to find a corner sheltered from the incessant wind. It was difficult. It was almost impossible to get a long expose photograph. Stars and the comet were leaving spider web tracings on the back of the camera. However with determination, a bit of Heath Robinson ingenuity and a large dose of luck I managed to get one or two half decent shots with a shooting star thrown in for good measure. However, I am resolved to get something more arty if the comet and conditions allowed next week.

2 Responses to “Shake it up”

  1. 1 Malcolm Riley
    Jul 18, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I would call that very much more than half-decent. A beautiful shot and fit reward for your dedication.


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