Meteor and Windmill in the Moonlight

By: Alan Dyer

Aug 31 2012

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Category: Constellations, Meteors and Comets, Nightscape

3 Comments

Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:16mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:4 sec
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

3 comments on “Meteor and Windmill in the Moonlight”

  1. PS Hope you made a wish too!

  2. Fantastic catch!!!

  3. […] the “long” version of an image I posted a few days ago. This combines 430 exposures to make one long star trail […]


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