A note about photography

Jupiter and Saturn

Over the last several days I’ve been out watching the sky as the sun sets, snapping images of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn as they moved closer and closer.

I dialed in my settings and practiced a few times so that tonight I’d be ready to roll and the guesswork would be minimal.

A bright, clear blue sky gave way in late afternoon to low clouds moving in and as the sun set, more clouds started to fill the sky. Considering that tonight’s event won’t be repeated for several centuries I went out in the country anyway, hoping to get away from city lights and thinking I might catch a break with the clouds.

Imagine my surprise when the quiet country road I selected filled with traffic, much more than I recalled on (what used to be) this quiet backwoods road. Between the clouds and the traffic it was enough to drive you nuts but if I’ve learned anything, it’s that Mother Nature rarely gives a damn about your plans!

So I pivoted…. instead of an image of the night sky and a zillion stars, I lowered my composition to also include the road and then after a few attempts, figured out when to push the button and capture the tail lights off one of the many cars, speeding by in the night.

Is it the image I visualized??? Not even close. But really…. this image turned out pretty well, and will uniquely be my image, recording the night’s events that won’t repeat for what… 800 years? Which sure beats the hell out of getting mad at things over which I have no control.

Long story short…. if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show ….. even if it’s not the show that you were expecting.


~ by Derrick Birdsall on December 21, 2020.

One Response to “A note about photography”

  1. […] about grabbing some images of the planetary conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn last night here. If you fancy it, you can see the image I shared last night and read some of my thoughts on what is […]


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