I’m back at Torrance Barrens with my friend Nigel, to photograph Comet Neowise. There were so many people here we could barely find a place to park. This doesn’t bode well for physical distancing. Luckily most people are staying off to the left of the entrance area so we were able to bypass that area and head a little further into the park. There are very few people here as we move further into the park so we can safely find some spots without running into anyone.
Neowise with the Setting Moon
The first place we stopped gave us a view of the comet and the setting moon over the foggy lake. I think this is one of my favourite photographs from the evening.
Perseids & Comet Neowise
As you can see Comet Neowise has a shorter tail than last week’s photos. I’m sad to see it go. The Delta Aquariid meteor shower is active in our skies right now and I was able to capture some meteors with the comet. We also have some airglow happening on the horizon.
After photographing Comet Neowise to death, I had a look around to see what else I could find. Just behind where I was shooting was an interesting boardwalk and as I took my photo someone walked by in the distance with a light. It made for an interesting photo and another of my favs from this evening.
Its that time of year again – our annual family & friends camping trip. Things are a little different this year with the COVID-19 restrictions. We had to pair down our group to just family. Although we missed our friends, we were happy to be out camping again, especially after being stuck in our homes for so long.
There are 3 of us who love to take photos and I suggested we head down to the beach to get some night shots. Little did I know that there was a comet in the sky. My brother pointed it out to me as we reached a lookout point over the water.
This was my best capture from the night of the comet, Milky Way and a meteor. You can see a galaxy to the right of the Milky Way as well. I also spent some time shooting just the Milky Way.
Meteor Shower & Milky Way
I really missed not getting out to shoot the Milky Way this summer. In the northern hemisphere we start to see the heart of the Milky Way in March, which is when the lockdown in Canada happened. The galactic centre can be seen until September so there are precious few months left.
My plan is to get out at least once more for Comet Neowise before it fades away completely. Which means I need to get out again before the end of next weekend. So that means more star photos! Yay!
During our annual family and friends camping trip, my friend, Deanna and I were able to get away for an hour to get some fun night shots. Our campsites were in walking distance of the shore and during that afternoons walk we had scouted out a couple spots to set up. Along the trail to one of the spots I took the shot below of the moon through the trees.
We set up on a small rocky beach to practice our night photography when I got this shot of the meteor. I didn’t even know that I had even captured it to begin with – just happened to luck out on this.
We had some difficulty working on this beach when a group of young people decided to invade to take selfies with their phones. The added lights from their flashes and flashlights drove us further down the beach to an emptier spot. Taking a few more shots we decided it was time to get back to the campfire for some adult friendly treats.