It’s that time of year…

…for the annual Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photography of the Year exhibition. As usual, the entries are gorgeous. Example:

Snowy Range Perseids Meteor Shower

Photographer David Kingham wrote:

Last night I went out to Snowy Range in Wyoming in search of dark skies for the Perseid meteor shower. I wanted something special for the foreground and I knew the Snowies faced in the perfect direction to get this shot. I started shooting at 10pm and didn’t stop until 5 am, I had to change my battery every 2 hours which made for a long night. The moon rose around 1am to light up the mountain range.

This is a composite of 23 images, 22 for the meteors/stars and 1 taken at sunrise for the foreground which was lightly blended in. I also corrected the orientation of the meteors to account for the rotation of the earth (this took forever!)

It’s interesting how the art of photography has expanded to include mosaics, stitched panoramas, composites, and other aspects of digitally-processed imagery. I remember waaaaay back in university, learning how to take a double exposure on my old, hand-winding Minolta. Times have certainly changed. Purists may claim that a 23-image composite with orientation correction doesn’t really count as photography, but I think it does. So does the Royal Observatory, which awarded both the Earth and Space prize, and the Overall prize, to the same image: a 20-photo panorama that you’ve got to see to believe.

View all of the entries here.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to It’s that time of year…

  1. Cathy White says:

    Amazing, the Milky Way photo was in the paper a few days ago and I thought I must send OE a link, but car MOT panic meant I forgot. When I was a kid I attended an American DofD school for a couple of years in Bahrain and ,for some reason we were doing art class of outdoorsy stuff. My night sky was full of stars and I was pulled up for it. The northern hemisphere night sky is really quite tame compared to NZ, but I’m not sure they believed me lol

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