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    Posted January 16, 2014 by
    reykavik, Iceland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Travel photo of the day

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    Meteor trail and Aurora borealis image sequence


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JoeAnthony told me of these images captured from a time lapse in November, 'To the naked eye after I had composed and set up both cameras as the aurora had started firing off in that general direction, I just let the cameras do their thing while I watched the display. I just so happened to be looking in that general direction above the lighthouse and what looked like a shooting star flashing bright and obviously split second. As it was so fast to the naked eye I wondered where in the time lapse exposure sequence it might appear if at all. I could not be sure due to the fleeting nature of the sighting and the exposure time and interval of the time-lapse. I had to wait until the sequence was finished before I could review what I captured and was overjoyed when I captured it in both cameras. I can send you a sample shot from the telephoto lens as well as it shows the detail and fragments at the front of the trail.' Third image here was included in CNN's Travel Photo of the Day gallery on February 25, 2014.
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    While shooting an Aurora Borealis in low light as luck would have it I also captured a meteor trail occurring above the lighthouse. To the naked eye it looked like a shooting star and the moment was so fleeting. I remarked to a friend nearby that just MAYBE whatever it was that flashed by in the blink of an eye would be captured in camera and no one else saw it except me...I feel this image is unique and perfectly epitomises one of the wonderful things about photography which is the ability to capture in a split second and allow us time in comfort later to enjoy for as long as we like moments that either get missed or pass by us so rapidly! Capturing this moment while also capturing one of natures other wonders the Aurora Borealis in Iceland was the icing on the cake. The fragments and smoke trail can be clearly seen in front of the wonderful green glow of the sky.
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