posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 06:42 AM
If you take a look at the metadata you'll see everything you need to know.
Taken on or before 02/10/2007 at 19.43 pm (in this case the metadata shows the date converted from the NEF raw image)
with a Nikon D100.
The camera is sitting at ISO 200 (which is rather low for a night shot on auto so its probably a manual setup).
Used at F6.3 for 3 seconds exposure with -0.3 exposure compensation.
Focal Length 105mm (157 35mm compensated) spot metered.
The D100 is an old 6mp DSLR model released in 2002. Its noise good up to about ISO 800. (maybe 1000 for prints)
As you can see from the shot the sensor needs cleaned since there is visible dust on it at f6.3 and the camera was mounted on a tripod.
All you need really.
And yup, i would concur that the odd's point to a small bolide with the apparent bloom coming from the cloud's scattering the point light.
Nice Pic too BTW!
[edit on 22-1-2008 by Absence of Self]