As it happens, I haven’t been sleeping much the last few weeks. I’m not complaining – I get a lot done at 2am. Amongst other things, I pray for others; and then I count Heffalumps in-between coughing fits – but, like Winnie the Pooh, that hasn’t helped me to get to sleep so far.
This evening I decided to take my insomnia by the scruff of the neck and to have some fun with it. At around 10pm I loaded my weapon of choice into my strawberry-shortcake-pink car and drove south, and prayed while driving (because I’m good at multi-tasking) and then finally stopped in what looked like the perfect spot to shoot. It was a black, crisp, cloudless night – the moon having set hours before. First, I wandered into a field sporting a single tree and several irate and all-too-aggressive fiery-eyed bovines. (You try shining a flashlight into their eyes and see what happens.) I saw some of the brightest shooting stars ever and seem to have lost one bit of camera equipment while outrunning a mad cow. But, as I always say, it was worth it all. Later, on my way home, I stopped at Dragon Lake.
Someone remarked recently that I seem to have “the best gear.” Sadly, I don’t – this evening I would have loved to have had a Nikon D750 and a 14mm f/2.8 lens in my bag, but I had to make do with my 16-35mm f/4. Now f/4 is really not large enough to deal with this total lack of light – and if one leaves the shutter open for too long then the stars start looking oblong. And I wanted them sharp.
Only when I got home and dumped the pics onto my computer did I notice that they aren’t (sharp) but I still had fun. So, if there’s anyone out there with a wide-angle large-aperture Nikon lens they’d love to pass my way, I’m here and willing to accept the generous gift. Oh, and a wireless remote to replace the one the zombie cow munched …
(Exposure times varied from 30 to 40 seconds; aperture f/4 and 6400 ISO. White balance was done post-process.)