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MagazineAug 11, 2015
Photographer makes a selfie with the Milky Way, The Perseids AND the ISS
Albert Dros is a 30 year old Dutch photographer. He loves travelling but also love to shoot the most beautiful things in my own country. He always tries to capture the best possible moment in a photograph. And with this picture he absolute succeeded big time. Albert managed to take a selfie with the Milky Way, The Perseids and the ISS.
Albert’s commentary about the shot
It was captured with my Sony A7II & Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens. Settings used were: Aperture f2.8, ISO 3200, 20 seconds exposure.
Last Saturday night, Perseids meteor storms were predicted along with a very clear night. This is quite rare in the Netherlands so I decided to head out. Normally I don’t care too much about the meteors but I love shooting the Galaxy on a clear night
So I drove to the familiar area near my house called Kootwijkerzand, in the Dutch Veluwe. This is one of the darker places in our country, yet it still suffers from a lot of light pollution. I took a friend with me so we could take some selfies in front of the Milky Way. Upon arrival it was already obvious that I could get some great shots. The sky was extremely clear and I could even see the Milky Way with my own eyes. We walked around a bit and found a nice hill that we could use as an altar, so we could shoot at an angle in which we would be able to take some selfies in front of the milky way. This turned out great and we did a couple of shots of both of us standing there. When I was shooting my friend, I suddenly saw some kind of star slowly moving and disappearing. It looked like a star but it moved much slower. It wasn’t an airplane as airplanes do not just disappear into the galaxy. I’m not an astro expert, so I wasn’t really sure what it was. It made a beautiful strike on my image though, along with some faint strikes from fallen stars from the poseidon storm. I was quite excited about this image when I saw it on my view finder already.
When I came home, this was the shot I processed first. I asked around on Facebook and the local astrology forums. These guys told me that this was the ISS space station. The time in the EXIF data of the photo, and the position, matched exactly with where the ISS was located at that time. That means I managed to make a selfie with the Milky Way, The Perseids AND the ISS. Obviously, I was very excited about the shot.