Capturing a Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning [Photo]

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Comet, fireworks and lightning simultaneously over Perth, Australia

In early 2007, a Perth photographer captured the above image where:

… fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes.

Simply. Stunning. Don’t miss the high res version courtesy of (who else?) NASA.

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4 Responses

  1. tehk

    It’s quite a remarkable image, but the way you are presenting it, it sounds as if the photographer captured it all at once. However, its actually a panoramic image ~ which is a set of several images composited and stitched together on a computer.

  2. sylee

    It’s a composite???

    That’s disappointing. Your description does make it sound like the photographer got lucky and captured all three elements in one shot.

  3. tehk

    Yes, of course, why do you think some of the people are blurry? He’s not even using a stitching software that optimizes for displaced objects between frames. Had he been, it would have been much harder to tell.

    Another easy way to tell is because not many cameras can take 180 degrees of view in a single shot ;)

  4. veera

    Well, I think that’s still quite cool photo composite, specially when it was made in 2007 by an 18-year-old guy.


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