1/3 South Devon
Canon 5DIII | ISO 6500/800 | f2.8/f4 | 25/480 Sec | 16mm
I had a fantastic dusk-till-dawn shoot last Thursday night. I decided to re-visit South Devon and to shoot a beach I visited for the peak of the Perseids meteor shower.
The geology of this location is fantastic with smooth rocks leading out to the ocean, triangular headlands, and impressive stacks formations. The beach faces south, so works well when capturing the Milky Way as an impressive background.
As some people may know, the Perseids Meteor shower gradually increases in intensity towards the peak, but then drops off rapidly immediately after. So I wasn't hopeful of capturing many meteors, but I was impressed with the incredible landscape, from my previous visit, and wanted to explore the landscape under clear skies.
Despite being my first shared image from the shoot, this is my the last image taken. What initially caught my eye, in the dim light, was the rocks leading towards Mars. I then tried to build a composition around that. Typically, near an end of a shoot, I also like to do a timelapse for 30-40 minutes on my last photograph, to test my luck with any meteors that might strike the atmosphere! I frustratingly saw a much brighter meteor while setting-up this composition, so it was nice, it wasn't the only meteor capturing opportunity!
In summary, it was a beautiful night for photography and Star Gazing. The air was still, meteors while gliding overhead, while the song of crickets and owls broke the background silence. Surprisingly, while navigating the winding overgrown path back to the car, the welcomed sight of the constellation of Orion was rising above the eastern horizon. A reminder that winter is coming and the Milky Way will soon be retreating.
Comments, questions, and shares very welcome!