Canyon Cosmos b&w
I posted the color version of this a while back and I was wondering what anyone thought of it as a black & white.
The white streak is a meteor that I captured during the Perseid Meteor shower in August. To get this shot I went out to this remote canyon on the rez and lined up my comp so it would include the Milky Way (not the candy bar). Then you take a series of 30 second exposures and hope that a meteor flies into the frame while the shutter is open. I got lucky on this one - it was really bright.
If you've ever done any starlight photography, you probably have gotten a shot with some sort of a streak in the sky - the question is how can you tell if it's a meteor or a plane? First of all, if you see a really bright thing go incredibly fast across the sky in about one second, that would be a meteor. The way you can tell from looking at your image is if you view it at close to 100% a meteor will appear as a solid streak of light, while a plane will have a series of blinking lights that look like a solid line when viewed smaller.
OK, enough technical talk - it's just that some people see this and think it's a plane...or a bird...but it's not...it's Superman!