Frederic Hore
Image taken:
Aug. 12, 2010
Location:
Lac des Caribou, La Maurice National Park, 60km north of Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
Details:
There were smokers, teasers, and sizzlers all night long while photographing the Perseid Meteor shower on August 12 & 13. It was still twilight when I observed the first bright streaker directly overhead in the clear skies at 8:55pm EST, which left a long, fat smokey trail. Faint teasers continued, then just after 10pm, a cluster six bright sizzlers darted diagonally above The Big Dipper like angry fireflies. After canoeing and camping in the Quebec wilderness for five days with my girlfriend, I finally had the chance to look through some 139 images on my computer screen. To my amazement, what I thought was very faint light pollution in the dark sky around 11:30pm, turned out to be ribbons and shimmering curtains of light of an Aurora Borealis light show, dancing above the calm waters of Lac des Caribou. What an evening it was! Image I: Curtains and pillars of light of an Aurora Borealis shimmer along the Northern horizon. Nikon D700, Nikkor 20-35 f2.8D wide angle @ 20mm. Exposure : 78 sec @ f2.8, WB Auto, ISO 1600, Time 23:35:53 EST, 12 Aug 2010 Image 2: A sizzling Perseid meteor streaks diagonally above Ursa Major – The Big Dipper, with another faint teaser crossing horizontally across its path. Nikon D700, Nikkor 20-35 f2.8D wide angle @ 20mm. Exposure : 71 sec @ f2.8, WB Auto, ISO 1600, Time 00:01:13 EST, 13 Aug 2010
 
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