This picture was taken at 3:42 A.M. on December 4, 1998, seven minutes after liftoff from Florida. It is an 8-second exposure at about f4.5 and 110 mm or so (zoom). I had a very full moon at my back which is illuminating the trees, pole, and insulators.
To see Earth-orbiting satellites flying over your own backyard go to the free web site Heavens Above. Start with the ISS which is usually very bright and easy to see, and the next night that it passes your way show it to your family, friends and neighbors. They'll think you are some sort of rocket scientist and will thank you for pulling them away from the TV to enjoy our fascinating universe.
-- Dalton Hammond