In some ways I almost feel undeserving of this shot. I hunted skies and images, consulted moon calendars and moon risings and settings, dark sky predictions, perfect locations, weather patterns, post-processing tutorials, downloaded special augmented reality apps and so on. More than once I tried multiple exposures and stacking shots on my old camera in a kind of desperate attempt for stars sure there must be stars in there somewhere (I’m thinking it was the luminance noise). I bought a new camera and lens I couldn’t afford, even, and had to justify that purchase by using it a whole lot to shoot other stuff.
I feel somehow that wandering around drunk on a beach on a one night camping trip in September without even the thought of shooting and encountering the perfect conditions for galaxy shooting seems terribly unfair to my past self and all the other people who are trying to hunt this down (ok, I had a little wine before the raccoons got into it, I was not drunk).
I’m like, look at that – let’s get back to the campsite to get my camera so I can shoot this! I have a way of ruining romantic moments. My partner had a nap on the beach.
But hey, you know what they say, luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Or something like that.
So while I didn’t prepare for this exact moment, I had my camera, tripod and I had the powerful light that lit the beach and I’ve shot a few starry skies before (but people, you need foreground to make them good). I knew what lens to shoot on, what f-stop, what ISO, how long the exposure should be. I’ve done light painting, I had my powerful flashlight for just such a thing (which I vaguely resented having to use for camping because, yes, I prepared to bring that, but not regular camping flashlights, because you know, priorities).
So. Not exactly undeserving.
I haven’t stacked this shot – I quickly processed it to show a member of photography group I belong to that yes, you can shoot stars while in Prince Edward County. But they liked it on the group so I thought I’d share it here.
One warning if you go out to Sandbanks – that sand is amazingly fine! Great for feet, just awful for cameras and tripods.