On Christmas Day I read that we were in the last few days to view a naked-eye comet [I wonder if that “n” word will get me extra hits from Google]. I still regret having been on holidays for the duration of the Great Comet of 2007, and knowing nothing of it until it had gone. So although this was not a spectacular comet, it was a cool one – there is that NASA video of it getting a slingshot ride around the sun:
Brilliant work NASA. Great video postproduction too. Much better than that dodgy Photoshop job I blogged about once.
I’m sure you’d agree that with such excellent work from NASA, and so much good Comet Lovejoy work on Flickr, it wouldn’t really matter how well I went photographing it, wouldn’t you? (please?)
I stayed awake until 4AM. My daughter set her alarm and came too. I remembered as a child how my Dad had been caught up in the hype about Comet Kouhetek, and what a letdown that was. I’m just repeating family history here, I thought, as we drove to the beach with the least street lights. And… well, I was.
Here’s my photograph of Comet Lovejoy, as NOT seen from the sourth end of Mulambin Beach, way too early on Boxing Day, 2011.
See the shirt? We didn’t at the time. Everything was much dimmer to human eyes. If we had seen the abandoned shirt, we could have picked it up, and kept it as a souvenir . I imagine it would have looked like this:
Not that I’m complaining. You don’t need a comet punctuating the frame to find beauty in the pre-dawn light on the Capricorn Coast.
(I made that last name up. Can you tell? I don’t know what these islands visible from Mulambin are. Maybe another local could enlighten me?)
There’s a whole other story I could tell about these images, and I will if people show much interest. This was the first time I went out to shoot with my new gear, a D7000 with Tamron 18-270 lens. The D7000 performs very well in low light. The ever so convenient Tamron lens performs a bit roughly as a long zoom or a short wide. Photoshop CS5’s lens correction does such a magic job at remedying the flaws.
But that’s it for now. If anyone has any REAL photos of Comet Lovejoy, please do share by putting a link in the comments.