Big Dipper Stars and meteor over Bonneville Salt Flats

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    On January 4th, at about 3:45 AM, the moon finally set, and shortly after, I was able to get this exposure of a meteor streaking between the Big Dipper and Polaris. (My goal was to get away from the light pollution of Salt Lake City, in order to photograph the Quadrantid meteor shower yesterday morning! These salt flats are near Wendover, Nevada -- about 100 miles from SLC, Utah.) It was a frigid 23-degrees F. on this morning!

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    EF 15mm f2.8 Fisheye lens @ f3.5, 30 seconds, ISO 2500
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    (02/04: 215v, 24c, 29f)

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    1. alfonso-tm 81 months ago | reply

      Magnifico trabajo

    2. Light Echoes 81 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous scene. Beautifully captured.

    3. Willie Huang Photo 81 months ago | reply

      Awesome capture of that meteor streaking over the salt flats! You also captured Pleiades in the upper corner. Nice work!

    4. Darrell Wyatt 81 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!!!

    5. Aspenbreeze 81 months ago | reply

      Way cool shots my Friend. Excellent night shooting as you always do!

    6. Rambonp:loves all creatures of this universe. 81 months ago | reply

      Beautiful !!! Great capture ! well done friend !

    7. ∞ RedLoop ∞ 81 months ago | reply

      Brilliant Royce! Way to pursue the shot!

    8. Photocre8 81 months ago | reply

      Neat shots in your series, Royce!

    9. Eyesplash - Summer was a blast, for 6 million view 81 months ago | reply

      about as frigid as my last
      Meteor showers are fun away from light pollution.

    10. suziqb 81 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot

    11. Anoop Negi 81 months ago | reply

      Super duper work

      I have some of the North Star and the Ursa Major

      i think I should put them up one of these days

      Seen in some comments. ( ?² )

    12. lhg_11, 2million views. Thank you! 81 months ago | reply

      Another wonderful nightscape! Nice work Royce!

    13. T i s d a l e 81 months ago | reply

      Fabulous Exposures Royce. Exemplary Shots.

    14. Shannonsong 81 months ago | reply

      Spectacular capture of the comet and the flats are beautiful too, the colors of the comet in large are interesting....what a wonderful experience to be there witness this amazing scene!!

    15. Brandon Godfrey 81 months ago | reply

      Incredibly beautiful, Royce! The stars look excellent!

    16. WanaM3 81 months ago | reply

      Great shot and a great reward for your efforts. Love the color gradient and the lighting. Superb exposure.

    17. Robin-Wilson 81 months ago | reply

      Awesome work Royce!! must have been thrilled when you saw the meteor!

    18. HamimCHOWDHURY  [Read my profile before you fol 81 months ago | reply

      A WONDERFUL shot
      Like the text you written my friend,

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