When I first got started in landscape astrophotography, and really photography in general, I had something like this image in my head. I wanted to capture the iconic Weaver's Needle in the Superstition Mountains with a glorious star trail behind it. At the time I didn't really know how to do it, but I looked it up, threw together my hiking pack, and set off up the trail. To prove that I didn't really know what I was doing, I unwittingly chose a full moon to do this under - far from ideal circumstances for seeing the stars.
Anyways, after about 4 miles of hiking, I crested Fremont Saddle and found the perfect perch where I could see the Needle and the lone pine in one shot. I threw down the tripod, set up the intervalometer, and put my feet up for a while. Little did I know, but the International Space Station was going to make an appearance as well. If you know anything about the ISS and trying to capture it, the odds of it showing up when and where you want is never what you want. But on this night, of all nights, it was perfect. And this is how it ended up.
I hope you enjoy the next 31 days of October with this gracing your desktop. Follow the link to find the right size for your screen, and of course, feel free to share.http://www.zgrethphoto.com/Web/Site/Exp/Wallpaper/2014-Calendars/October-2014