Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time for a photographer has incredible results. And luckily for us, we get to witness what was recorded, no matter where on the planet we are on. Prasenjeet Yadav can literally thank his lucky stars for being in the right place in India in 2016. He was able to capture an incredible photo of an emerald shooting star while he was sleeping blissfully! He had set up a timelapse of the night sky and captured the stunning display which many will never experience seeing in their lifetime. Thanks to Yadav, we all can catch a glimpse of this incredible phenomenon.
His timelapse took about 999 shots and one of them was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime photo, which is so remarkable, many refused to believe it to be real. But it soon was established as a real and unique shot, and made it to the finals of the 2016 National Geographic nature photographer of the year competition. Yadav recalls, “Anand Varma was visiting me and I was showing him around a mountain range in South India called The Western Ghats.”
He continues on, “We camped on the side of the road and I set up my Nikon D600 and a 24-70mm lens to take 15-second exposures. I set the camera to take 999 images.” Well, he slept next to the camera while it continued taking pictures. Little did he realize the incredible image his camera was able to capture. After reviewing the images, and showing it to his friend, only did they realize they captured an amazing picture of a rare event. “After checking with a few experts, I learned that it was a green meteorite, and getting it on camera is very rare,” Yadav explains.
Truly a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time, and not even realizing it until he reviewed the pictures. That one shot of the 999 was incredible. “ For those 15 seconds, I was the luckiest photographer on the planet,” he proudly said. Well surely he must have felt that, and the best part of it all, was that he was peacefully asleep. Some guys really do have all the luck.