The beginning of last week coincided with the peak for the annual Perseid meteor shower. Luckily for me, the sky here in the UK was without a cloud on Monday night and provided some great views of the stars. I sought out a spot a few miles outside of town hoping to get away from the lights, and found a good one near Hinksey hill. Naturally I brought my camera and tripod along to try and catch a meteor with a photograph but this proved to be much more difficult than I had expected. I couldn’t quite get the settings right to keep the stars from becoming lines, but also to maximize the amount of light coming in. It was a trial and error way to learn, and after about an hour I mostly made errors. I did get to see a ton of meteors across the sky though, it was about one per minute. I have three or four pictures with what could be a meteor streaking across them, but upon closer inspection I think they were just satellites. And the image above is neither, this is a plane that was coming in to land at Oxford’s airport. The plane happened to come in just as I was in between shots so watched it come into frame and took the picture. It turned out to be pretty cool.
30s f/3.5 18mm ISO 1600. Contrast adjusted and cropped. Au revoir until next week.