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We were a group of ten grown ups watching comet McNaught setting this week. After it had gone below the horizon the tail showed up like smoke rising from a bush fire. No matter how hard I tried I could not capture this phenomenon with the camera in all its glory. I edited these two photos and played mostly with lighting and contrast in an attempt to reproduce what everybody agreed to have seen with the naked eye. The B&W was converted when I realized it contained unwanted false colors. I agree the photos are of questionable quality but I want to share the sheer size of the tail visible to us. You may check the link above to see how authentic my captures compare to other people's. This was certainly a Joyous Magnificent Red letter day for me!

Thank you for the favorable response to "I caught McNaught".

Other recent uploads from Anton, Andrid and Tunde appear below. I apologize if I have missed anybody's photograph as it was tough checking all the uploads and spend time out in the bush taking photographs after work.

January 19, 2007
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Jan 19, 2007 6:11:56 pm
Excel dyptic, I adore!

by Janiss Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:13:09 pm
you are a LUCKY man
when we could have seen it on the north of the planet (all hanging upsite down from your point of view) there was rain and storm and many clouds

but your image made us see it anyway
and yes. we are upsite down from it very much

by efron_241 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:13:34 pm
Thanks for the pics - my wife an I saw it last night for the first time (we are in NZ) much better than Halley's comet! and we will remember it forever. Its great to see more pics of it though. Cheers.

by ricc Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:29:20 pm
Dear Oom, you are so blessed to have seen this.... Ofentimes we cannot capture what the eye sees, the full glory!!! You did a magnificent job. Beautiful, amazing, so precious. I am so glad you were under this sky.. "Camera in hands" ~ more likely upon tripod. Hugs and na night. Di Di.

by rainbows Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:40:47 pm
Thank you for sharing a very memorable moment. It looks quite awe inspiring to have seen.

by drag Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:48:15 pm
Great capture of the comet on the left, and what looks like lights from the aurora australis in the photo to the right. Just beautiful! You were most alert and fortunate to snap these shots.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:49:28 pm
I'd be happy with any quality at the moment, skys have been cloudy now for some time, although the quality is below your normal standard, these are great captures of a spectacular event, I like the fact you reconized the second capture the colours were not true & converted to b/w


by stuart83 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 6:55:10 pm
Don't worry about superior quality when trying to catch Mom Nature's mysteries, Piet. She is a difficult model to work with. These are super captures!

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 8:07:19 pm
thanks for sharing this awesome display of nature. I doubt if it will be seen here as we have cloud 24 hours a day. I think your captures are very commendable

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 8:21:38 pm
wow this is the first time I saw this. maty be one reason I do not know of this is it in the southern part of the world. pklus it been cloudly and rains for over a week here

by jocko500 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 8:42:57 pm
Very nice illustration, and good thinking - regarding the B&W change over - well done Piet

by andridg1575 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 9:19:59 pm
Wow, it looks like you guys had a pretty decent view of it. Nice work!!

by Biffowitz Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 9:25:16 pm
Very beautiful images. These are nice in both color and black and white.

by mollymaye Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 9:43:42 pm
More spectacular shots Piet........ Excellent!

by 1010 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 9:46:38 pm
That black and white is particularly spectacular. I think these measure up very well to other photos I've seen of this. Good job!

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 10:58:25 pm
I wasn't able to view the comet:( /Thanks por posting your pics Piet!!!

by monjo71 Homepage »

Jan 19, 2007 11:11:28 pm
Awesome pictures! You're a lucky man! Thank you for sharing :)

by louly Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 12:18:10 am
what a F A N T A S T I C work!!!! super cooooool!!! :)

by Chaos911 Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 1:01:15 am
Good capture picture

by erlandpil Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 1:06:41 am
What a grand show, and so lucky to be able to view this once in a life time event...beautiful captures~ Aloha~

by Punaguy Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 1:34:34 am
fabulous shots and you are one lucky fella to have seen such an event...missed it here...Phenomenal!

by P.Winberg Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 1:36:28 am
We are covered with clouds and not sure if we can see it or not. I'm Beautiful and looking forwards to see more. Aloha

by sharky_ Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 1:36:49 am
Outstanding shots, beautiful, impressive and interesting. Thanks for sharing again!!

by Hendesse Online Now!   Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 1:56:27 am
You're very lucky Piet! Very nice illustration
and Thanks for sharing with us :)

by annie5 Homepage »

Jan 20, 2007 3:41:42 am
So glad you have a lot of this. Impressive photography.

by DJB Homepage »


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