Night Photos-Meteors

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Orionid Meteor-Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina
An Orionid Meteor, the Big Dipper, and Venus shine above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600.
A Perseid meteor streaks beside the Milky Way

A bright Perseid meteor streaks across the western North Carolina sky beside the Milky Way. I photographed this scene during the 2012 Perseid meteor shower. It is a stack of two exposures, one for the sky and one for the tent. I shot the sky at ISO 1600, f/2.8, 25 seconds. For the tent, I asked my friend Suzan Brand to sit in front in a camp chair and look through binoculars. Using an exposure setting of f/11, ISO 200, and the shutter on bulb, I fired a flash from inside the tent to create her silhouette. A yellow gel filter attached to the flash created the warm glow. The exposure for the tent shot was too low to allow anything in the sky to show up, so when I stacked the two images in Photoshop using the Lighten blend, only the tent and Suzan's silhouette was revealed from that frame.

 

Zodiacal light, twilight, and meteors

The zodiacal light shares an autumn sky with the morning twilight, a meteor, and an Iridium flare. 17mm, f/4, ISO 1600, 25 seconds.

Two Perseid meteors in the night sky beside the Milky Way

A pair of Perseid meteors streak across the sky beside the Milky Way. I photographed this scene in western North Carolina during the 2012 Perseid meteor shower. Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm lens, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 25 seconds.

Leonid meteors at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Leonid meteors streak across the sky above Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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