|International Space Station over Lincoln|
College, Oxford (Credit: Richard Passmore)
Richard had targeted a space station pass at 19:00 on Tuesday February 19th from Lincoln College, Oxford (founded in 1427). Using a long exposure, the photo captured 69 seconds of the ISS' path before it disappeared from sight. He had originally planned to capture it in one shot, but the lens wasn’t wide enough to get it all so he created a vertical panorama instead. The sky and building roof was shot at f/3.5, ISO 100 for a duration of 69 seconds (using BULB mode on an SLR). Richard then re-positioned the tripod to capture the building walls and rest of the quad, this time using an ISO of 1600 and a duration of only 4 seconds (f-stop remained at 3.5). The brightness on the overlapping regions was fortunately a very good match so when he stitched them together in Adobe Photoshop there were no issues. Finally he used Adobe Lightroom to correct the colour of the sky (the original image has a very unpleasant orange sky from the city's lights). The result is great, and it's amazing to think that there are human beings living and working on that tiny star passing overhead.
|Britain from space, Credit: ESA/Paolo Nespoili.|