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pure beauty itself

I laid in a field nearly all night last night with my fave night ‘toggers watching the meteor shower Perseids, and thinking about life of course, whilst these bits of dust were coming in at 120,000 miles per hour, some white some, some green (green ‘cos they burn iron) and red too, don’t know why they are red must be something in the rock that is burning.

These bits of dust that were falling out the sky have existed since the Big Bang now ain’t that something to ‘tog!

This is about 350 shots shot at about 800 ISO f 4 shot over a three hour period then stacked...SOOC
(some of the lights are my pals on a mobile and another guy just watching not togging, but I left them in so you can touch that feeling of just being there in the moment)

If you don’t like this then your mad!

Anyway catch up later cos the shower is thicker tonight (but its cloudy though) but I’m still going back out ..even though my eyes are red from staring at the stars

Diana

PS: shot at my fave startrail location St Huberts Church in Finchdean OK its an odd comp but was the only way to get the comets, too small to see on EPZ but they are there

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 10-20
Title:PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER
Username:Diana Diana
Uploaded:12 Aug 2009 - 3:41 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Night / low light
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User_Removed
12 Aug 2009 - 3:48 PM

Very nicely captured. Great job!

imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 3:49 PM

I had great fun watching this last night and I was looking forward to this evening but yes it cloudy here and doesn't show any signs of shifting Sad, really great pic of a wonderous event
ian

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 3:52 PM

ta Sparc!

hey Ian wasnt it amazing?.... I'm still in awe ....what a sight to see (and tog too)

thanks

Diana

BreadandShutter

this is brilliant
i like the way you have left everyone in the shot makes it even more real
great colours
is that a meteor falling in the distance ?

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 3:55 PM

yeah I think so, some had really long trails and some very short, to be honest I was pushing it at only 800 ISO but the moon came up and made it too light, so I really would have liked to have shot it at 1800 and you would have seen more flying comets

but you had to be there!

thanks though

Diana

pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 4:08 PM

This is a great effort Diana, seeing it is truly magic.
I played with the pic & I'm sure I can see one near the ghost on the right.
Stacking 350! The mind boggles.
Has to get the perseverance award from me.
Penny

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 4:11 PM

Thanks Penny I'll send you the original file if you like, no perseverence, just one hell of a great experience.....but thanks anyways....I'll show you when I see you..if there is a shower due on that date!

Diana

Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 4:27 PM

I nearly PM'd you about this yesterday as I knew you'd want to shoot it, cracking take Smile

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 4:41 PM

awww thanks Tony, how kind of you Smile

Diana

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 4:52 PM

Awesome capture..........Sandy

hellsbells8868
12 Aug 2009 - 5:05 PM

Stunning sight....

Morpyre
Morpyre e2 Member 91622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 5:21 PM

absolutely beautiful image - i need to get chumbs rather than being a loner and do something like this - would be awesome to spend the night just watching the stars gazing up at what is there too see and beyond. amazing how much goes into making an image like this - not just a simple press and capture but many layers etc. i think with or without the camera i would love a night on my back watching the beautiful things. i really should take advantage of living next to a large area called the gower peninsula that has barely any light noise and would be perfect Grin

keep the beauty flowing - always a visual pleasure Grin

p
xx

Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 5:22 PM

I had completely forgotten about this - what a show Diana, well captured indeed!

Sarah *

andy68
andy68  5 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 - 6:46 PM

excelent shot,

JohnH37
JohnH37  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 6:52 PM

Excellent..great description too.
-John

Lucy_Locket
Lucy_Locket e2 Member 733 forum postsLucy_Locket vcard England
12 Aug 2009 - 7:29 PM

Aww this is just FABULOUS!!! I missed it last night, and was going to have a look tonight, but the cloud is very thick here. Still, at least I had an opportunity to see it via your lovely shot(s).
Lucy Smile

zebraboy
zebraboy  9197 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 - 7:43 PM

Mind blowing. Wink

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 8:14 PM

Heya thanks so much

I am just on my way out again and guess what?

I just had this published too, someone found it on another site and Wah Hay!!!! I'm all published with it so dead chuffed about that

thanks so much for the lovely comments

Diana

Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81102 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 8:57 PM

Master (or is that mistress) of the night , you are !

Geofferz
Geofferz e2 Member 5Geofferz vcard United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 - 9:58 PM

Teriffic shot, i stayed up but could not get anything as good as this.
Geoff.

DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 9DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 11:29 PM

Well - I'm not mad . . . cos I think it's brilliant.

Well done on the publishy thingy Smile

Bruce

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 11:35 PM

thanks so much.......the publishy thingy sure feels good Smile

so glad I went out last night cos tonight its raining and cloudy

Diana

cirrusminor
cirrusminor e2 Member 6380 forum postscirrusminor vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 11:37 PM

Beautiful... Ive spent ages listening and looking... I keep checking outside but them clouds are slow moving tonight Sad

"If you don’t like this then your mad!"

This image holds millions of unanwered questions!

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 11:41 PM

the clouds could clear up though, as the night gets cooler they often do, and there is a bigger shower tonight, so keep looking Smile

thanks

Diana

digitall
digitall  7238 forum posts Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2009 - 11:54 PM

Awesome, hope to see more.

Allan

imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2009 - 12:29 AM

Wonderful capture Diana.

Bernie

SpeedAltStar
13 Aug 2009 - 2:07 AM

Brilliant image. It looks like you saw a lot more than me this evening. I spent the best part of the flight back from Portugal gawping out of the flightdeck window and didn't see a single shooting star! :-(

User_Removed
13 Aug 2009 - 11:46 AM

Never saw jack either, way too cloudy in the fens.

Well stacked, something i've yet to do. very interesting image, well done.

Alison H

angie44
angie44  5
13 Aug 2009 - 1:20 PM

bloody wow , i stayed up 2 nights running and saw only 4 stars , gutted , still im pleased you managed , excellent image , and congrats . angie

RogBrown
RogBrown  73002 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2009 - 10:50 PM

Wonderful image. But, and I may be as thick as a whale omelette, why do they appear in circles. I mean I know the earth is rotating, but not that fast!

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 10:48 AM

the stars rotate arond the north star Rog, thats the one in the middle....this took about three hours to shoot (350 images at 30 secs each) so the circle is the movement of the stars in that time period and yes strangely enough they do spin in circles

and for those who didnt see... you have seen it now, so thanks for looking

Diana
xxx

Last Modified By Diana at 14 Aug 2009 - 10:49 AM
Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 11:25 AM

also I will put all the shots into a time lapse video and linky it cos it looks amazing to see the stars rotating and the clouds moving across the sky too

Diana

RogBrown
RogBrown  73002 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 3:43 PM


Quote: The stars rotate arond the north star Rog, thats the one in the middle....this took about three hours to shoot (350 images at 30 secs each) so the circle is the movement of the stars in that time period and yes strangely enough they do spin in circles

and for those who didnt see... you have seen it now, so thanks for looking

Diana
xxx

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh. So these aren't the meteors then, they're stars right? Now I understand.

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 3:46 PM

the meteors are in amongst the stars, you can't shoot the meteors without the stars !

the meteors flash in and out of the cricle of stars, too small to see on EPZ..I sent the original file to Penny she can see them but they only appear for a split second..as I said above ...."you had to be there"

I promise.... they are there...

Diana

RogBrown
RogBrown  73002 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 4:21 PM

OK, thanks for the explanation. Smile
Rog

riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 4:54 PM

not had a good chance to do this for a while and I've never sought to tog the occasion; works well with the stacking

pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:05 PM

I've just come back from a couple of nights stargazing! I didn't manage anything like this but I did see some wonderful shooting stars last night.
My personal POTW because it captures the atmosphere of the night so perfectly.
PennySmile

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:46 PM

awww thanks Penny, thats so sweet......love UA's to bitz

thanks a billion

Diana
xxx

User_Removed
31 Aug 2009 - 7:24 PM

The green ones are copper, the red ones are iron, the white/yellow ones are silicon. Glad you got to see a few cos we had cloud here, as usual Grin Super stacked shot.

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2009 - 12:32 PM

hey Chris thanks for that, thought I was seeing things as they changed colour too ....only found out about the colours later when I had the image published so that was dead cool

I didn't know about the other colours so thanks for the info

Diana

User_Removed
3 Sep 2009 - 9:27 PM

Actually, I'm talking complete rubbish, as usual ! I did a bit more looking and found this ...

'..Meteors made of sodium produce orange/yellow light, iron will produce yellow, magnesium creates bluish/green, calcium makes violet and silicate meteors produce fiery red colors...'

Then there's also ionisation effects and velocity/temperature effects that need to be taken into account so it's not actually that straightforward at all Grin

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 11:28 PM

thanks for coming back with that Chris

right over my head to be honest

yep not that straightforward at all, but it was good to watch the colour show, thats what counted anyway, being in the moment

Diana

NobbytheNobster

Magical image Diana, so much going on here, pure beauty!
This really is a gem.
Very well done.
Ricky.

Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2010 - 11:50 AM

Thank you

This is one of my fave images, definitely my fave location, a 12th Century Church on a Hill, so peaceful and quiet

the doors are locked by a light sensitive switch, as the light comes up the doors open automatically to reveal some wonderful frescoes on the walls too

we are having a midnight picnic again this year for the Perseids Shower

forgot how much I love this piece of music as well

thanks for the reminder

Diana

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