Piercing the Night

By: Alan Dyer

Apr 26 2013

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Category: Meteors and Comets, Nightscape, Tips and Techniques

3 Comments

Aperture:f/4
Focal Length:24mm
ISO:800
Shutter:35 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

All things must pass. A bit of billion-year-old comet dust disintegrates above a decaying pioneer farm.

This was a lucky shot to be sure. Last night I returned to my favourite farmstead site to shoot a time-lapse sequence of the stars turning over the moonlit rustic buildings. I started shooting some test frames to get the settings right — the camera was on a motorized dolly to move it along a track for the next three hours, so you want to make sure you have all the settings right. I opened the shutter to start a test series, and whoosh! A bright meteor appeared. Right on time and in frame. That doesn’t happen very often!

However, shooting hundreds of shots for a time-lapse sequence, now a common practice among astrophotographers, does boost your chances of picking up a bright meteor on one of the frames. But having it appear nicely framed is often too much to ask. I was lucky. But … I was out with a camera aimed at the sky, and for getting good shots that’s the first requirement!

– Alan, April 26, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer

 

3 comments on “Piercing the Night”

  1. A very fortunate series of events Alan! I love the refraction happening in the clouds.

  2. Nice one, Alan!
    Lucky, yes, but as you say, you were ready for it.

    Roy


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: