Regular visitors to the site will be aware of my 'lucky photography' section under the tips & more tab. That's where I have a little moan about the amount of effort that goes into making an image only to be told how 'lucky' we were to have made it.
Sometimes though, we are lucky. Sometimes the stars align (pardon the pun) and a low effort excursion results in a pleasing shot. On september 11th I was out in the rear garden of my home in Cochrane attempting to shoot the aurora, as I always do if it's visible. There was a stubborn cloud bank to the north that was obscuring those wonderful green night lights and I was looking around killing time and waiting for the cloud to clear.
A good sized opening appeared in the cloud overhead and I could just see the milky way to the west. Rather than stand around shooting nothing I decided to turn my attention to the milky way and my home as I thought it would make a nice memory. I had turned the camera on the tripod and was framing a shot when I saw a shooting star burning into the night sky, I immediately grabbed the remote trigger and fired off a single frame, a 5 second exposure with ISO of 1250 that was set for the aurora.
Luckily for me that was enough to capture a nice trail from the shooting star as it broke up, there's a hint of the milky way to the right of frame and my home almost perfectly sited on the left. Nothing special in photography terms but a lovely memory which is why I got into photography in the first place, to capture memories.
So, below is the shot and one I openly admit, in this instance was very lucky.
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