Star Trail “Expect the Unexpected” – Digital Image

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Expect the Unexpected – Digital Image

By Chris Page | Collection: Turner Watercolour



About this piece

2016 – Kent Coast – UK

I had been planning this night time shot for some time and had done a recky for a suitable location. Worked out all the kit I needed and what I was going to do and how I was going to do it.  All I was waiting for was the right weather conditions.

In the Pitch Blackness

1.00 am on a fine Summers night at a remote beach far away from any disturbance I set up for a 200 frame Star Trail shoot.  It was perfect conditions, dark and clear with a fabulous display of the heavens. The North Star shining bright directly in front of me as I looked out to sea.

All was going well in the pitch blackness until about halfway through the multiple exposures when a light appeared from behind me.  The light was from a bike. It was being ridden over the rough ground of the nature reserve, and it was heading straight for me.  At around twenty foot away from me the light suddenly fell to the ground with a crash, followed by “Oh S••t” from a tiny female voice.

My Granddad is up there somewhere!

I pointed my torch at the tangled heap on the ground and went to help the young lady. It soon became very obvious that she was drunk as a lord as he tried to get up and back on her bike.  Seeing me she then decided to wobble her way (with bike) over to me. Jabbering away in her drunken dialect at me on her wobbly way.  As she staggered nearer she trip, and the bike went off on its own, straight for the camera tripod.  With Cat like reactions I leaped between the oncoming unmanned bicycle and the tripod.  Luckily only a slight judder was suffered rather than being knocked out of position. That would have been a complete disaster.

As you can imagine I was far from happy and was about to give this girl (now flat on her back) a good piece of my mind.  She interrupted me and said “A-low, what you doing?”. Gruffly I said, ” I am trying to take photographs and your bloody bike nearly knocked my camera over”.   She staggered to her feet and squinted at the tripod and the camera pointing skywards and out to sea.  “What you taking picture ov ?” I took a deep breath and calmly replied “The Stars”.  She blinked a few times as she looked up into the sky, “I’ve never seen the stars before, they are beautiful “, said with a little whimper in her voice, followed by an inebriated ” My Granddad is up there somewhere”,  and then she burst into tears.

Expect the Unexpected

After briefly trying to console her about Granddad, I handed her the bike, pointed her in the right diction to leave the nature reserve and off she went into the dark. If you was wondering, I did make sure that the little light from her bike did go the correct way back onto the main path home, I was not being completely heartless.

Fortunately the shot turned out great, but a valuable lesson was learnt that nigh; all the preparation in the world cannot take into account the unexpected, so expect the unexpected!


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Find out more about the Photographer: Chris Page

Also can be found at: www.openpage.studio

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