From the photographer: “A little over a month ago, I left a camera running in front of this lovely Mission style, private chapel while I went down to the valley floor to continue photographing from a different vantage point. During this time a large fireball streaked across the sky. I only saw the ground light up brightly like a flash bulb going off as the fireball was behind me at my valley floor vantage point. However, my camera on the hill managed to capture it. 12 other persons beside myself saw this early morning fireball, which I reported to the American Meteor Society. Click the second  photo to see the startrail version of the image which is a stack of 284-shot photo sequence. “



comments (3)

  • AEG Reply

    Both images are beautiful! Can someone explain to me why the lighting is different on the chapel between the two? On the first, the bell enclaves are in shadow, and in the second, they are lit from the left and up.

    February 5, 2016 at 11:17 pm
  • TWAN Reply

    AEG, in the star trail version the photographer has probably illuminated the chapel in one or more shots of the sequence, or it might be illuminated by passing cars.

    February 22, 2016 at 3:04 am
  • Marsha Kirschbaum Reply

    Sorry I didn’t see this sooner. While the camera was running to shoot the sequence where I caught the meteor and then stacked the rest of the sequence for star trails, I had another camera down in the valley shooting up at the Chapel. With this camera, I used a powerful flashlight to light the side and back of the church for the long lens. This must be the light that AEG was seeing.

    June 7, 2016 at 9:22 pm

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