Another Geminids Meteor Shower Photo

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Further to my earlier post, here is another photo of the Geminids from last night.

This timeframe was earlier in the evening and is a capture from between 8:07pm and 10:05pm. A shot was taken every 20 seconds with an exposure of 15 seconds. This resulted in 562 photos, 23 of which you can see merged here. One shot is the canvas and another 22 shots with meteors. Yes, before you count, there are 22 meteors in this photo.

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Geminids 2017
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Geminids Meteor Shower

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Last night was the peak of the Geminids Meteor Shower. These Shooting Stars are dust particles left behind by the asteroid Phaethon.

It was hoped that there would be a lot of activity last night, however, it wasn’t the show I was hoping for with very little visible meteors burning up.

I left the camera capturing a 15 second exposure every 20 seconds between 10:16pm and 11:23pm. During this time the camera captured a few meteors, however, only 7 were bright enough to use. Can you spot all 7?

Therefore, I decided to merge all 203 photos together to create a star trail photograph also showing these 6 meteors. The reason the stars create a trail is that due to the Earth spinning on its axis and moving around the sun they appear to move in the sky. Polaris, otherwise known as the North Star, is just out of shot on the top left. This star doesn’t move much due to it being aligned with the Earths axis, hence the name North Star, all other stars then appear to rotate around it. The stars on the top right of the photo appear much brighter, this is the Milky Way.

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Geminids Star Trail (2017)
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Wintery Scenes from South Wales

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I have just returned from visiting family in my hometown of Bedwas in South Wales. The timing of my trip was a complete coincidence that snow arrived. South Wales did not receive the levels of snowfall that some other parts of Wales and the rest of the UK had, but still enough to make me put on levels of clothing I’d not worn since my trip to Iceland and head out for a walk. These freezing day time temperatures were certainly not what I’ve become used to.

I was travelling very light and did not take a camera so it was down to my mobile (Samsung Galaxy S8+) to snap some shots. I used the camera in Pro mode, captured in Raw (DNG) and made some slight tweaks in Lightroom.

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Wintery Scene (Samsung Galaxy S8+)

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I’m Now Available On Instagram!

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When Instagram was first launched, I didn’t like it. Their terms and conditions made me feel nervous about the ownership of the images being shared. I kept my distance.

Up until now I’ve remained very distant and only recently took a look and realised just how big this Social Media platform is. It made me feel I was missing out on a tool to further share my work.

@craigrogersphotography on Instagram

Therefore, I’ve moved into the future, well the slight past and activated my Instagram Profile tied with my Facebook Page.

If you are an Instagram user (and it appears maybe I’m the only person on the planet that wasn’t) please follow my Instagram Account. Both published photos and behind the scenes photos will appear on my feed.

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Supermoon As Seen On CNET

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I wasn’t particularly happy with my Supermoon Rise Photo a few days ago, however, CNET writer Eric Mack decided it was good enough for one of the 15 photos to make it to the Supermoon Gallery on CNET.

A little disappointed that they cropped (and heavily compressed) the photo to fit their layout, but still, as I wasn’t too happy with the photo, just glad it was discovered and deemed good enough.

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Supermoon Rise

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Tonight’s Supermoon was a spectacular sight rising above the ridges here in the Algarve Serra. The scene didn’t quite turn out like I hoped, it was darker than I thought it would be, but still managed to get a shot of the moon just rising above one of the ridges.

This is the only Supermoon of 2018 and is when the Moon is the closest to Earth at a distance 357,495km. This full Moon of December is also called the Cold Moon as it’s the first Full Moon of the winter. There is another Supermoon scheduled for 2nd January 2018 and even another on 31st January 2018 although the latter is also a total Lunar eclipse for north-western North America, the Pacific, Asia, and Australia.

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Supermoon Rise - 3rd December 2017

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