After I had seen the International Space Station on Friday night I became determined to photograph it. I had been told it would be going past again later that night, so I set my camera up and took some practise shots waiting for it to appear.
Last night I knew it would be passing again so set up my camera ready. It was precariously balanced on a cheap, flimsy tripod with one tripod leg resting on the window ledge of my open window. I set everything up perfectly to face the Cedar tree again, remembering that on Friday it seemed to pass in that direction.
Then all of a sudden a bright light appeared directly above the house, and not in the direction I had set up for at all! The ISS moves quite quickly, and I knew I had to get it right first time because in 30 seconds it would disappear behind whisps of cloud and lose its brightness.
I repositioned the tripod, holding it tight to make sure the whole setup didn’t fall out the window. As I flung it round, the mechanism of the section holding the camera broke and the camera flung backwards. I grabbed it and managed to snap it back, hoping the camera was pointing in the right position. I had it pre-set to a 15 second exposure, so I wouldn’t know if it was positioned correctly until 15 seconds after pressing the shutter, and if it was wrong then the opportunity would be lost. I pressed the shutter and hoped for the best.
Success! Miraculously I got the shot first time. Hooray!