Gemini Meteors And Aurora Borealis
Taken by Catalin Tapardel on December 13, 2017 @ Kakwa, Alberta, Canada
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In the loneliness of the Kakwa area, during the night of December 13th and the morning of December 14th until dawn, I got the privilege to watch a celestial, magnificent, amazing display of the Gemini Meteor Shower, the best ever I witnessed. I was able to witness hundreds of meteors from small to medium and very large size. I was running three cameras, one recording real time video Sony a7sii paired with a Sigma 20mm f 1.4 lens and two of them recording stills a Nikon D810 paired with a Nikkor 14-24mm F 2.8 lens and a Nikon D800 paired with a Nikkor 20mm f 1.8 lens. All together were taken 5787 still images, which 350 of them caught meteors from small to medium large size of different colors from white, red yellowish golden to greenish to blueish and as a bonus the moon and a meteor in the same frame plus some faint northern lights at the horizon. Unfortunately the really big ones, the most spectaculars, were flying mostly overhead and I was not able to catch them but at least I saw the powerful display and the trace they left behind. This night I decided to shoot fast, with exposures between 4-10 seconds and keep the ISO high from 5000-6400 in order to get as many meteors as I can in my frames. Was so fortunate to have such a brilliant clear night where you could see so many starts and constellations all over the sky!!!
(Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8, ISO 6400; 6, seconds exposure; 14mm – KAKWA, ALBERTA, CANADA;
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