When looking at my images people often ask me how long I have been taking photographs. The answer is always the same but it was surprising when I was first asked. There was one photo that changed everything for me and I didn't realize it until years later. When asked, I tell people that I took a photography class in high school (before digital was even a twinkle in Kodak's eye). From there I took random vacation photos but nothing really very interesting. Photography was nothing more than an afterthought in those days. Sometime in late 2005 I bought a Nikon D70 before a trip to Belize. My film camera was a Nikon so I already had a nice 50mm manual focus lens. I loved the camera but again it was relegated to travel snaps. The D70 produced a 6.1 MP image that the "experts" said was approaching what you could get with film. Then in August of 2007 it all changed. I headed out to Red Rock Canyon for the Perseid meteor shower. There is a small overlook and picnic area that gets closed and gated at sunset. Even so, there were about 150 people there waiting for the night's show. I setup and experimented with some long exposures and got some basic settings dialed in. The Big Dipper was setting over the mountains and I decided to make it my focal point so I picked everything up and moved to another spot. My first test image wasn't framed the way I wanted so I adjusted the camera and took another test shot. During this test exposure a very bright meteor streaked through the sky. Did I get it? Back in those days I was still using long exposure noise reduction. After the exposure ended it seemed like an eternity waiting for the noise reduction to finish up its 30 second run. Finally the processing ended and the image flashed up on the screen. I let out a an excited shout and people ran over to look at the tiny image on the LCD screen. I had caught my first meteor. Spoiler I was pushing the camera harder than I should. The CCD sensor was straining at ISO 800 and the image came out grainy and dark. Even so it was a winner. And later on I came to realize that it was a game changer for me. That noisy image sent me off on a journey exploring night photography. This directly led to light painting and many long nights under the stars. It wasn't until the D800 came along that I could capture the Milky Way with the detail I had been chasing for years. It has been an exciting ride and this one little image was the impetus that pushed me down the path to opening my own gallery this year. Back in 2007 I had no idea where this picture would take me. I look forward to where it leads from here. So have you have a similar moment that kick started or defined your love of photography? What started you down the path or what drives you today?