For more than a decade, Shamil Zhumatov has photographed spacecraft taking off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. After dozens of launches, he says the challenge is to find new and better ways of taking pictures.
"I snapped the picture after the boosters separated," Shamil says. "From the earth, it looks like a rather slow process."
Soyuz's contrail and further stage separations that day could be seen for hundreds of kilometres and sparked rumours and speculation on social media, especially among UFO enthusiasts.
Shamil says he cannot remember exactly how many launches he has photographed, but reckons he has seen at least 50 crews off from Baikonur or met them as they returned to earth.