As you have probably heard, there is a comet in view in the night sky. Comet Neowise will be with us until the end of the month. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you make an effort to do so, it is a beautiful sight.
The problem is, you need to have dark skies to see the comet. I can just barely make it out with binoculars from my home but cannot see it with my naked eyes.
I went out three nights to see the comet. The first night was a bit of a disaster photo wise, I did not have any kind of a foreground and using a longer lens to just capture the comet was boring. Not to mention, I found an out of the way isolated dirt road along the Sacramento River, near Knights Landing and when I got out of the car every mosquito in a 10 -mile radius descended on me.
The next two attempts were made in the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. My wife works there, and one of her duties is to close the wildlife area on Tuesday nights. On Tuesday we stayed after closing and made some images. It was so much fun that I asked her to ask her boss if we could go out the next night to a secluded area, not generally open to the public, where I had been once before. The area is called the Umbrella Barn on the Glide Tule Ranch. Years ago, I had taken a photo of this barn for the Yolo Basin Foundation, and I knew it would be a good location to photograph the comet. Fortunately, we were given permission to go!
Here are a few of the images I made.
Here is a video of how I processed the barn images.