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Photo Info

Dimensions1767 x 2864
Original file size5.94 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken14-Dec-18 02:12
Date modified16-Dec-18 09:42
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure20s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias+1 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 5000
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Castle Hill Shooting Star

Castle Hill Shooting Star

Throughout the year are several periods of meteor shower activity, and the Geminids were taking place in mid-December. Castle Hill is one of the closer lights to our home and I decided to venture out for another visit. It was a bit chilly but the grounds were clear of snow making the footing safe for a solo visit. An earlier storm's clouds were dissipating as I arrived at the point, and while walking to the lighthouse several shooting stars appeared overhead. It's all a matter of luck in capturing one or more during the night as several factors have to align. After setting the camera, I lay on the ground next to the tripod waiting and watching for meteors. I saw several in the grand view of the sky above, but my frame was a narrow window and the luck would have to come with the streak. It did for only one of almost a hundred shots, but that was enough for me! The beacon from Pt. Judith light is on the horizon to the left of the tower, Beavertail is the bright light on the right with its reflection on the water.

December 14, 2018 12:49am 28° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, IO 800 f2.8 20 secs