These images were captured the same night as the previous post… the Milky Way was incredibly bright. In many of the images you will also notice streaks of light, these are not airplanes, but are in fact meteors whizzing past earth at speeds of 208,800 km/h (129,700 mph) from the annual Perseid Meteor Shower!
That last image in the gallery (star tail) was a 1,397 second exposure (f 5.6 / ISO 1000)!
We arrived very late at night in Pagudpud… it was pitch black and the sky was utterly breathtaking. Seriously beyond words (see pics!). The stars… I could not quite believe it (living in cities like New York and Shanghai you can sometimes forget how magnificent the night sky can be).
Waking up the next morning I was once again a little surprised… as I again stood standing and looking at something beyond words… a pristine white sandy beach, all to ourselves.
I could not think of a better place to drink $1 beers.
I experimented a little with super long exposures (up to an hour!), some were hit, some were miss.
I am going to keep the description short, because I think the photos speak for themselves, what a stunning place. Write it down, Pagudpud. Not the easiest spot to get to (but that is part of the reason it is so striking), as we had to fly a tiny propeller place to Laoag City, then take a local bus a couple hours to the very most northern tip of the Philippines (map). The bus dropped us off on the side of the “highway” (1 lane in each direction), pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It was COMPLETELY DARK. Pitch black. Luckily a friendly (and slightly drunk) man and his friend stopped their jeep (to our anxious waving) and then offered to drive us to our “hotel”, it was the only car we had seen since a good half hour down the highway. As I mentioned before, when we arrived I couldn’t quite take my eyes of the sky. Breathtaking.
This is pretty crazy.
Check out this image compiled by UK scientists consisting of thousands of images taken of space via satellite over the course of 10 years. STUNNING, to say the least. It is said to show 1 billion stars (!!!). Dubbed project “Vista Data Flow System”… well, I’m just gonna have to stop typing because it is quite truly beyond words. Check it out!
PS- FROM NOW ON, MY PHOTOGRAHY WILL HAVE LARGER IMAGE SIZES!!!