Meteor and Windmill in the Moonlight
By: Alan Dyer
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
A rare bright meteor pierces the northern sky beside a spinning windmill in the moonlight.
I shot this Thursday night, August 30, as one frame of 300 or so shot for a time lapse sequence. Having a camera taking hundreds of frames at rapid interval, as you do for a time-lapse movie, is the only way to capture the chance and fleeting appearance of a bright meteor like this.
You can see the Big Dipper behind the machine and Polaris, the North Star, directly above the well-placed meteor.
I drove out to the new Wintering Hills Wind Farm now operating northeast of me and found a machine I could get close to. And they are huge! This is a sequence from a dolly shot I took. But the other camera was on a fixed tripod and I’ll stack those images into a long star trail scene, to get the circumpolar stars spinning alongside the windmill. But the machine was turning so fast that even 4 second exposures in bright moonlight blurred the blades more than I would have liked.
— Alan, August 31, 2012 / © 2012 Alan Dyer