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Bringing kinja into focus, one frame at a time
Bringing kinja into focus, one frame at a time

Comet NEOWISE

Illustration for article titled Comet NEOWISE
Photo: Me!

My first attempt at shooting Comet NEOWISE. Things didn’t go as planned, but I got it.

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I finally had a morning where the clouds would probably cooperate, so I dragged myself out of bed and drove up the street. Normally I would have just walked over, but it was 5:30 AM and I really didn’t feel like putting that much effort into a half mile trip. Turns out, this was a very good choice.

I got set up and fired off a test shot with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 to get a better look at the clouds on the horizon. As soon as the shot was finished, I felt some rain drops. And then some more.

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Shit.

Behind me, a rain cloud popped up out of nowhere and was moving in fast.

I threw my camera in my bag and booked it the half block to my car. The rain was coming down a bit harder now. As soon as I closed the car door, it started pouring.

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I drove back home and went back to sleep.

Later in the afternoon I pulled up the test shot I got off and there was the comet! Not the best comet shot, and a little out of focus (like just enough to annoy me, but not enough to totally ruin the shot).

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Illustration for article titled Comet NEOWISE
Photo: Me! Same photo, just cropped. A lot.

I’ll be giving it one more try on Monday morning, and will be using my 18-300mm lens for a variety of shots. Later in the week, it’ll be visible in the night sky. Those are gonna be the good shots. But for now, this is what I got.

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