Monday, February 05, 2007

Comet Maxx

Photo: Antti Kemppainen


This is so lovely you must click on the photo and look at the full size version. Really, I insist.

Photo caption:
On January 26, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, 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 Maxx. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet Maxx continues to move out from the Sun and dim, but should remain visible in southern skies with binoculars through the end of this month. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.


Hat tip to Plum P.

6 comments:

Lenore said...

Looks like a Salvador Dali painting!

Poopyman said...

That is an amazing scene. I'm remembering how awesome the dark cloudbottoms look when illuminated from the bottom during our summer thunderstorms (plus having the feeling of an impending storm), but to toss in fireworks and a comet would be breathtaking.

four legs good said...

Yeah, we get some amazing spring thunderstorms here, I'm hoping to photograph some of them this spring.

I have something of a fascination with lightning. (don't ask)

charley said...

The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.

see, this is what i don't like about digital. all this easily accomplished fakery.

there is a guy down here calls himself the lightening photographer. he's made quite a career of it. it's dangerous, but you knew that.

charley said...

ligtning

i'm not sure if this is the guy i was thinking of, but some nice work, even it is crappy a site.

Sandy-LA 90034 said...

That is the most amazing sight! Otherworldly.