February 2, 2016

From Above

Photograph by Craig Goodwin, National Geographic Your Shot

"After three days and 20 miles of hiking the beaches of Olympic National Park, I ended up on Second Beach in La Push, Washington," begins Your Shot community member Craig Goodwin, who snapped this photo of a meteor streaking across the night sky. He was looking to create images of "compositions revealed by the receding waters ... focusing on star reflections and sections of flat beach," but as it turned out, his photo opportunity came from above. "After a large wave receded, I rushed in to set up my tripod at this location ... While I watched for encroaching waves, a bright fireball ripped through the sky and into the frame. I think I might have danced a little when that happened."

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24 comments
Fuad Ali
Fuad Ali

It's images like these that reminds us why earth is worth fighting for. Thanks for sharing.

C C
C C

Gorgeous and awe inspiring

R. C.
R. C.

Perfect place for a date. Please help me find a girlfriend ;) 

June Gilbreath
June Gilbreath

Absolutely stunningly beautiful.  It takes my breath away.  Wish I could have been there.  Amazing!!!!  

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

Good call on the 13 second exposure Craig.

Congratulations for getting photo of the day !

christina m.
christina m.

What a beautiful shot-  Talk about being in the right place at the right time -

Susan P.
Susan P.

Breathtaking! Well done.

Mark Dominic Falcone
Mark Dominic Falcone

A magnificent photo.  Color combination is beautiful.  A rare moment captured in time.

beyhan bayhan
beyhan bayhan

An otherworldly image, a perfect combination of professionalism and luck. My computer monitor and I have established a very deep bond thanks to these kind of photos taken by you and the likes of you. Well played sir, well played. 

Craig Goodwin
Craig Goodwin

Thanks for sharing. I like the photo but the experience of being out on the beach that night was the real treasure. There were amazing meteors shooting all over and I didn't dare hope to capture one with the camera, especially with a 24mm lens. If you look close, there is a second, more faint, meteor that intersects the larger one. I double checked the frames on either side of this and they show that it wasn't a satellite or airplane. Thanks again - Craig.


Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw

@Craig Goodwin  I thought so - and at a perfect 90 degrees! Yes, a great photo captures what you see, but nothing can really capture the feeling of being in that moment.

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw

What a feast for the senses! Celestial lights and silhouettes against a perfect balance of pastel sky and reflection. Craig, I think I might have danced a little when I saw it.

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