Wow. Busy week or so of shooting. I’ll post these chronologically.
First up was a Cars and Coffee two Saturdays ago (seems like forever). It was very overcast and started spitting rain so things wrapped up pretty quick. Wasn’t super excited about my pictures because of the clouds and rain. But I got a few good ones.
Next up, last Wednesday, I shot an event and snuck in some abstract shooting before people started to arrive.
The sunrise through the front of this building is amazing. I need to arrange to get in there to shoot one morning. It’s so good.
Then later that day, I walked down the street to catch the International Space Station make a pass over the Snell Isle Bridge.
While setting up, I happened to look up and saw a satellite flare, but it wasn’t from an Iridium. I looked it up later and found that it was from ENVISAT. Not too long ago, I also happened to look up and caught a flare which I later identified as being from ENVISAT. People have reported seeing the very occasional flare from it, but I just happened to look up twice when it was unknowingly overhead and saw it flare? This has to be a regular thing.
Both flares I saw seemed to happen at the highest point of its pass overhead. So with that as my guide, I was determined to catch it flare. But first, there was that meteor storm on Thursday night that didn’t really pan out. I dragged the wife out to my dark spot and we saw six or seven bright meteors which were all out of frame. But they were moving so fast I don’t think they would have showed up in a picture.
I made a time lapse of the shots and posted it to the Instagram.
On Friday, I set up in the driveway to shoot ENVISAT making a pass directly overhead. The flare happened right where I thought it would. That makes three for three ENVISAT flares happening at the highest point of its pass.
It’s not as bright for as long as the Iridium flares, but for one second it’s really really bright, on par with flares from the Iridiums.
On Sunday night, I hit up the beach with a friend to shoot some star trails. Clouds rolled in hours early and it didn’t really work out. This is eight 30-second exposures stacked into one photo.
Back to ENVISAT on Monday. Four for Four. There were some clouds, the pass wasn’t as bright, and I was shooting with a wider lens (I shot the first one with the 50mm). I had to crank the dehaze and contrast to make it easy to find in the shot.
I went out to shoot ENVISAT again on Tuesday evening. It was much lower on the horizon. There were clouds and it was still too light out. I did see it flash through the clouds (as did a friend on the east coast of Florida), so that’s five for five. This seems pretty predictable. The picture from tonight is wholly unremarkable as the sky was too bright for the flare to overpower it through the clouds (as far as the camera was concerned). No biggie. It comes by again tomorrow, a little higher and brighter, and a little later. Fingers crossed for six for six!
It’s also time to clean my sensor. All this shooting and lens changing is starting to leave spots.