In search of a comet... by thewatersphotos

In search of a comet...

Many thanks to @taffy for her suggestions and help in setting up this shot. It turned out great as did several other shots of the beautiful night sky. But, unfortunately, I saw no comet! There were low clouds at the horizon and intermittent lighting that kept flashing.

I did push myself and my camera to new limits that I would not have known to explore without @taffy's overwhelming encouragement.

This is why I joined this project several years ago and why I stay connected and why I learn so much from viewing other's projects. I ask questions and get answers. I can "talk" to folks from "around the world" with similar interest and share ideas and the love of photography that draws us together. Thank you, to ALL of you, for your comments and help and encouragement and questions and views...I appreciate each of you.

And, "Yes!", it does pop on black!
Super capture, the night sky can be difficult and you are right it does pop on black
July 19th, 2020  
One of these days I'm going to learn about shooting the night sky... we have so many lights around where I live I will have to get away.
July 19th, 2020  
Nice night sky. It's nice to see so many stars. We have lots of light pollution to interfere with night photography.
July 19th, 2020  
This turned out nicely, Gary, you even got a shooting star, it looks like! I learned a lot last night taking the photos I did of the night sky, and am going to try again tonight. What were your settings if you don't mind sharing.....
July 19th, 2020  
Great job Gary. I checked the tips that @taffy gave you. I've missed the comet since the skies have been very cloudy lately. I hope to use these tips at a time in the future when the skies are clear.
July 19th, 2020  
I might have a go looking tonight, one star constellation I do know is The Plough so if I look in the bottom right hand corner I might possibly catch sight though I doubt it!
July 19th, 2020  
Great work Gary! I'm glad this all worked out and you ended up with shots you liked. You stars are very crisp! What setting ended up working the best for you -- can't tell from your EXIF info here. I also like it on black which brings out the clouds and the tones even better.
July 19th, 2020  
@theredcamera I don't know which settings Gary ended up using, but there were two comments if you scroll down the thread where I made some suggestions for starting points. Good luck! http://365project.org/taffy/365/2020-07-16
July 19th, 2020  
I agree, this is such a great place to learn from others and be supported in your efforts to expand your photography. Nice shot. I like the shooting star. Hope to try this myself but need the right circumstances to come together! :)
July 19th, 2020  
@theredcamera Thanks so much! I have a Nikon 7100 and used a 35mm lens. I tried lots of settings suggested by Taffy (which she linked to you), but for this shot I used ISO 1250, f2.0, with shutter at 15 seconds.
July 19th, 2020  
How nice that you live somewhere with no light pollution. Amazing shot!
July 20th, 2020  
Nice One!
July 20th, 2020  
It's up there somewhere, it's hiding! Gorgeous night time image. I have never yet managed to photograph the stars, I must learn how.
July 20th, 2020  
@craftymeg Thanks so much, Margaret.
July 20th, 2020  
@kvphoto We live in a rural setting but there are still lights around with houses close by. It was fun to push myself and my camera to see what would develop. I encourage you to try...maybe going out to the lake at night.
July 20th, 2020  
@k9photo Thanks, Kate. It was fun!
July 20th, 2020  
@randystreat Thanks, Kathy! Taffy's tips were very helpful. See my response to Elena for how I did this shot.
July 20th, 2020  
@happypat Give it a try!!
July 20th, 2020  
@bubblequeen Thanks, Melvina!
July 20th, 2020  
@casablanca Thanks! It was fun doing this!
July 20th, 2020  
@amyk Thanks, Amy! I was surprised with the shooting star!!
July 20th, 2020  
@taffy Thank you so much for taking time to share your expertise with me. I used my 35mm, ISO 1250, f1.8 and left the shutter open for 15 seconds.
July 20th, 2020  
Thanks for sharing your experience Gary.
July 20th, 2020  
@thewatersphotos thanks for the challenge... this time of the year it stays light so late... doesn’t seem to get dark until 10 pm... I may wait until the fall to give it a try... I’m tired of the heat/humidity right now.
July 21st, 2020  
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