Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

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I was driving north through Nevada when I got an email from a friend asking if I had any plans to shoot the Perseid Meteor Shower, I hadn’t given it much thought, but a quick check told me the meteor shower would peak around 11th to the 13th August, after checking the sun/moon feature on my handheld GPS I noted these dates coincided with a new moon. I was close to the small town of Ely Nevada, which is just south of America’s loneliest highway 50, and one of the least light polluted places in Nevada. I decided to shoot the Ward Charcoal Ovens, with an altitude over 7000ft, and very little light pollution, it was perfect for star photography.

The ovens are a bygone relic from the silver mining industry, I felt they would make an ideal foreground subject where I could hopefully shoot the Milky Way and capture some meteors in the scene. I managed to get the perfect position for the Milky Way, however, the meteors were shooting through the sky at a different angle. I left the camera to shoot time lapse and just crossed my fingers that i’d get one or more meteors in the frame. After setting the camera to shoot continual 20 second exposures I sat back and drank coffee. Several hours of shooting produced four meteors, I decided to blend in three meteors with an image taken when the Milky Way was at the optimal position. The star positions were not changed, neither was the position of the Milky Way.

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