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2012 International Loupe Bronze Award
CreationEarth Best Nature Photo Editor's Pick
A #1 Most Popular YouExif Shot
Honorable Mention ND Intl Awards 2016
ViewBug Cover Feature Winner and Hall of Fame Inclusion
Photographer's Forum Magazine Finalist Award July 2017
ViewBug Finalist Windmills Contest 2018

Everything was falling into place: The 2012 Perseid meteor shower was to take place in a dark, moonless sky (one of the biggest showers of the year), camera geared up, plan of attack in my mind, location secured. By the time I set up and began the first exposures by light painting this windmill (which I hoped was turning in the wind to show motion), a huge surge of red and orange light blazed the night sky. I couldn't believe it - not on this night! A refinery flare sparked up and flooded the perfectly dark stage for this nights' show. I threw up my hands and proclaimed the meteor shower and nighttime sky a total ruin. Just in case the flare died down, I continued shooting - and I'm glad I did! The refinery flare added an extra glow to the images that I would not have thought of, and I absolutely loved! As the meteors began streaking above my patient camp friends and my head, I set up the camera to record one minute exposures to capture some of the first night's meteors. In Cosmic Winds, I used a cool filter during the capture and during post processing to show the red orange flare glow as a cosmic blue.

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