Attempt of Shooting Perseid Meteor Shower

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Perseids are meteor shower that occurs every year starting approximately mid July, with a peak from 9 to 14 August, depending on the particular location of the stream. At the night of the peak you can see over 60 meteors per hour. It is a very interesting thing to watch and to try to photograph.

It was a month sitting on the hard drive. And it was there because i knew i missed all of them :D

I love photographing Perseids and i did it for few years in a row. This year i could not go out at the night that peak of it was. But i got few hours free the night after so went out to see how good will it be. For two hours i seen at least 30 of them and got on camera 0 :D

It was not a complete waste, i got some decent photos of the stars.

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I wanted to go as wide as i could so i used Canon 10-18mm at 10mm. That ment my max aperture is just f/3.5, so i had to go with high ISO at 3200. Exposure was 20 seconds. This first image is a composite of 135 images to get those startrails.

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This is a composite of maybe 30 photos with startarils dying off, that gives it a specific look of the trails.

And just to show you how unlucky i was, this was the only meteor that i cached (upper left corner). It was a big one, but i got just a start of it.
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A short time-lapse from the shoot
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Amazing star photos! .The Perseids happen every year on my birthday so they are really special to me. Some years I have been in places on my birthday that it was more conducive to seeing the show than other years, It looks like you were in a great place with a wonderful view of the sky to capture these marvelous photos!

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thanks.
you could do an outdoor stars watching birthday party, that could be interesting :D

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I have traveled to dark skies on my birthday in the past, but it is hard to find a place around here with good night skies. Chicago and Milwaukee both cause too much light pollution. Unless I can get out of this area, I seldom even make an attempt to see them any more. I did try this year, but no luck.

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i did live for a while in a small town (50.000 people) and maybe i did not pay attention to the stars then, but i can't even imagine not to see them. we do take some things for granted in life.

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I am happy you can take them for granted. That is the way it should be.

Wow ... awesome photography

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waow its a incredible wonder of nature . thanks for sharing with us

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yes it is, and it is nice to just lie down and watch the sky show

Amazing photos, I would love to see the timelapse though as well, Bad luck for me

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thanks.
dtube is acting up, finished uploading and then just said that i did not upload a snap photo and it is all over again :(

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They sometimes have that issue.

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it is up now, hope it works :D

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thank you curie, it is well appreciated :D

Its so beautiful and thanks for sharing that Bil!

Hope to see your next shoot.
By the way what game was that your random news?

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Thanks.
It was the final in men grand slam tennis tournament in USA.

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Oh tennis!
Thanks for the response. And nice talking to you Bil.
And thank you for spending your time.

To be honest, i haven't really seen a meteor nice seeing cool pictures of it

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not sure where are you from, but i think Perseid is visible from most parts of the world. so just don't forget next year in august :) it is an interesting spectacle of shooting stars

Hello even if you were unlucky(but you still got a start of a meteor:)) i think your stars photos are beautiful i love that u gives the details on your setting for the photos.

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thanks.
most of the time i do include settings as some people find it useful, yet sometimes i am lazy :)
for star photography you must go long exposure and high ISO so it was an important info :D

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Yes i really think ot is useful i never took stars photos so i really like this kind of informations:)

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glad i can help. and i hope you will try it.

Heavenly bodies be like art in motion only appreciated through patient lenses. It's the same sky shown in the eyes of a different lens and these images are amazing to gaze upon. I'm not particular about the details and lighting in photography since I'm ignorant to most of the lessons there. I see a photo, if it's amazing for me, I press like. :D

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"I see a photo, if it's amazing for me, I press like. :D" i could say this for all the drawing arts :D



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thanks, hope we meet again :D

LOL, Random News :D

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i was kinda multitasking, writing and watching the game. and as i was finishing he won so it was kinda natural to include that in the post :D

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This is why long exposure has its benefits :D

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@bil.prag What beautiful and gratifying images that relax complement my view. What a nice opportunity to see these beautiful images through your photos. The only meteor you kept was imprecise. Fantastic capture. How wonderful. Thank you for showing us your excellent shots. A big greeting.

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thanks. the one i got was really big and bright and would be great if it was whole in the shot, but you get what you get :D

When looking the first pic i become a little dizzy , but very magical shots from the meteor shower :-) Crazy fact, that you had seen so much in this short time of 2 hours...

I bet that the light pollution was also very low there in this location?

Greetings from germany (ruhrgebiet) a overcrowded area, where you could hardly see stars... so im very exalted from your pictures!

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the peak of Perseid knows to be very crazy. most of them are small but you get few big ones in an hour.

there is no to much immediate light pollution when you go out of the town, but i purposely stayed at the bottom of the hill as you can see some yellow light on the top. If i got up, i would have 2 or 3 bright spots from towns. it is not a star view like you would get from some top of the mountain but it is pretty good.

Wow, i must say wow. It really an amazing shooting. I like your shooting very much. You captured the right moment and presented in photos. Shooting like this really need patience and skill in order to capture the right moment and you did it in this magical moment. This was awesome, and it is a good remembrance as well. Hope to see more of your work.

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thanks. glad you like it.

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howdy from Texas bil.prag! wow this is some interesting photography and in an area that I didn't know about. I've never heard of Perseids before now. I assume they can be seen anywhere?
Do you have other projects that you will be showing on your blog?

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as i got it it is visible everywhere but a bit more on the northern hemisphere. and it is every year in august just need to check when the peak is.
I am doing all kind of photo/video stuff, star photography not that often, it is hard to find interesting places with not lights around it, and most of the times it is an all nighter :D
this is a photo from 3 years ago
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and this is from 2 years ago
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howdy back sir bil.prag! wow those photos are stunning! they could be photography award winners couldn't they? thank you for sharing them, awesome!

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Startrails are so interesting (and fascinating) to watch. Too bad you weren't able to capture much of the shooting stars but well, its not too much of a bad luck. At least you were able to get great photos of the sky. You did choose a great location for this shoot!

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No meteors, but I agree it was not a total waste. I always like composite images of the northern skies, having Polaris with just it's slight wobble always intrigues me. It always creates such beauty and to think that we are the ones who are actually spinning and not the stars.
We have a good bit of air traffic here do you ever have problems with keeping the plane lights out of your shots?

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when i tried this for the first time i was fascinated how much they (us :) ) moved in like 20 minutes. when you don't think about it, you just don't notice.

there is traffic but i think it is not that much, you can see 1 or 2 on this photo, but it is not that visible. i just checked the shoot from 2 years and there are 5-6 of them, but all lowe on the horisont so i was not bothered by them. if you don't know and have just one photo, some of them look like a meteor, just don't have that thin beginning and end.

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Now that would be hilarious someone trying to pass airplane lights off as a meteor...

Wow that composite is such a cool picture, I first thought you had captured all these meteorites and it looked like that :) It's such a nice thing to witness these meteorites. The first time I could see them clear, was our first month in Spain. We were high in the mountains in a small village and layed on the roof top to see the peek of these meteorites.. Unfortunately we did not own a good camera to capture them, but it was magical watching them. I hope next year you can see the peek, and get ever better pictures.

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thanks.
yesterday i may be found an interesting place to do that next year.

just laying and watching the starry sky is a great experience, meteorites are just a great bonus :D

The photos, the time-lapse video, they look really magical @bil.prag! Thank you for sharing them with us. I can just view your video over and over again. It is quite hypnotizingly soothing. What do you use to create the composite photos of startrails?

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it is an action in photoshop that i found long time ago. but basically it opens 2 photos in 2 layers, change the blending mode to lighten, saves and close it, and it repeats it for all the photos in the folder.