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PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER

By Diana
pure beauty itself

I laid in a field nearly all night last night with my fave night Ďtoggers 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 Ďcos they burn iron) and red too, donít 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 ainít that something to Ďtog!

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 donít like this then your mad!

Anyway catch up later cos the shower is thicker tonight (but its cloudy though) but Iím 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

Tags: Landscape and travel Night and low light

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12 Aug 2009 3:48PM
Very nicely captured. Great job!

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imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 3:49PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 3:52PM
ta Sparc!

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

thanks

Diana
12 Aug 2009 3:52PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 3:55PM
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 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 4:08PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 4:11PM
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 Plus
11 875 10 Ireland
12 Aug 2009 4:27PM
I nearly PM'd you about this yesterday as I knew you'd want to shoot it, cracking take Smile
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 4:41PM
awww thanks Tony, how kind of you Smile

Diana
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
12 Aug 2009 4:52PM
Awesome capture..........Sandy
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
12 Aug 2009 5:05PM
Stunning sight....
Morpyre Plus
12 1.6k 8 Wales
12 Aug 2009 5:21PM
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 Plus
12 617 15 England
12 Aug 2009 5:22PM
I had completely forgotten about this - what a show Diana, well captured indeed!

Sarah *
andy68 7 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 6:46PM
excelent shot,
JohnH37 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 6:52PM
Excellent..great description too.
-John
12 Aug 2009 7:29PM
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 12 197 Australia
12 Aug 2009 7:43PM
Mind blowing. Wink
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 8:14PM
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 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 8:57PM
Master (or is that mistress) of the night , you are !
Geofferz 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 9:58PM
Teriffic shot, i stayed up but could not get anything as good as this.
Geoff.
DP_Imagery Plus
12 24 6 Wales
12 Aug 2009 11:29PM
Well - I'm not mad . . . cos I think it's brilliant.

Well done on the publishy thingy Smile

Bruce
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 11:35PM
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 9 380 3 England
12 Aug 2009 11:37PM
Beautiful... Ive spent ages listening and looking... I keep checking outside but them clouds are slow moving tonight Sad

"If you donít like this then your mad!"

This image holds millions of unanwered questions!
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 11:41PM
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 10 238 6 Wales
12 Aug 2009 11:54PM
Awesome, hope to see more.

Allan
imagio 10 12 1 England
13 Aug 2009 12:29AM
Wonderful capture Diana.

Bernie
13 Aug 2009 2:07AM
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 7 718 9 England
13 Aug 2009 11:46AM
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
13 Aug 2009 1:20PM
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 10 3.1k 10 England
13 Aug 2009 10:50PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Aug 2009 10:48AM
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
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Aug 2009 11:25AM
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 10 3.1k 10 England
14 Aug 2009 3:43PM

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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Aug 2009 3:46PM
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 10 3.1k 10 England
14 Aug 2009 4:21PM
OK, thanks for the explanation. Smile
Rog
riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
14 Aug 2009 4:54PM
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 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 6:05PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Aug 2009 6:46PM
awww thanks Penny, thats so sweet......love UA's to bitz

thanks a billion

Diana
xxx
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2009 7:24PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
1 Sep 2009 12:32PM
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 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2009 9:27PM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
3 Sep 2009 11:28PM
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
2 Jul 2010 9:16AM
Magical image Diana, so much going on here, pure beauty!
This really is a gem.
Very well done.
Ricky.
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
2 Jul 2010 11:50AM
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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