HJackman_Week 32-Theme: "Motion" Perseid at 134,000 MPH!

This weekend saw the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids) This was taken during a star trails exposure of the MilkyWay over a marker for the Pony Express Trail in Utah's West Desert. (www.expeditionutah.com/featured-trails/pony-express-trail... - See #110) I used a Sigma 10-20mm on a Nikon D7000 at iso1600.

See more images and some timelapse videos on my blog here: newd7000user.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/week-32-of-52-theme...

  • Fabio Carrilho 3y

    Awesome!! Can you give us the Exifs??! :)
  • Steve Murdock 3y

    Fabio Carrilho Click on the Nikon D7000 in the upper right corner of this page. I love in the Exifis it says, Subject Distance 4,294,967,295 m.
  • Steve Murdock 3y

    You did it again, your pictures are inspiring to me. I've done some night photography but have not gotten this level of results yet.
  • Howard 3y

    Steve Murdock LOL!! Thanks! Although the Perseid itself was probably only about 100 miles away.
    Fabio Carrilho Sure it was 10mm, 25 seconds, f/4 at iso1600
    Keiser Family acb7509 ColetteSimonds mimi2timez Thanks!
  • Fabio Carrilho 3y

    Thank you very much! flickr is new for me ^^

    @sumoetx: i have try to take a picture like yours but no way. Can you give me some advices for post-processing ? :) i think is on the post-prod that is the solution! ^^
    Thank you !
  • Sonya Lang Photography 3y

    Wow!
  • PomMom (Connie) 3y

    Really wanted to see this, but I'd already had too much weekend in my weekend. Neat shot.
  • K G 3y

    Beautiful photo! I wanted to see the meteor shower, but the sky was overcast in my area the entire weekend.
  • Howard 3y

    Sonya Lang Photography Thanks!
    PomMom (Connie) I still feel groggy too... ;-)
    K G Sad that you missed it although the Perseids occur basically all month long (you'll just see fewer of them than last weekend) We clouded up too but a large enough area stayed open to get the shot.
  • Howard 3y

    Fabio Carrilho Yeah this shot is all about post processing and the power of shooting in RAW, the key to my shot was getting the exposure up by around 2 stops in Camera RAW with around 20 in "Brightness" everything else was at 0, and then bringing back some contrast in Photoshop using a Levels adjustment layer, and of course some noise removal due to the high ISO I had to use.
    The best way to get a great night time shot of the MilkyWay or stars straight out of camera is to use something to track the sky and then you could use a lower iso and expose for a few minutes. Putting your camera on a telescope that has a motor drive is one way,(and the way I will try my next shot of the MilkyWay) another way is to build yourself what is called a "Barn Door Tracker" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_door_tracker
    Good Luck!
  • Fabio Carrilho 3y

    HowardThankx a lot !!! :)
  • Glen Haas 3y

    Wow....amazing
  • Helen James 3y

    I agree - WOW.
  • Howard 3y

  • Samantha Stone 3y

    Stunning!
  • Kelly Horne 3y

    Wow! The skies in the west desert are amazing!
  • Howard 3y

    Samantha Stone Thanks!
    Kelly Horne Thanks, they're not too bad at this location but would have been a thousand times better if I had gone another 50+ miles west. I was still too close to Salt Lake City and Utah Valley with their large light polluting metro areas, all the light illuminating the monument is ambient from the cities behind me and I darkened it a bit in Post...
  • Rebecca Siegel 3y

    Oh wonderful! I really wanted to do something like this for this theme, but really don't know how. I love it!!
  • Howard 3y

    Rebecca Siegel It's not that hard really, Just a dark sky (probably the hardest part of the whole thing is to find a good place that's far enough away from City lights) A tripod and a wide angle view and 20-30 seconds of exposure and then a little tweaking to really bring out the details,but as I explained in a earlier response I didn't do all that much to it. I say go for it, you won't know if you can or not unless you try!
    If you can't get enough detail out of one image you can install the free program Deep Sky Stacker found here: deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html and stack multiple images I got good results when I tested 10-20 shots stacked, it really brought out a lot of detail and stars. I'll be sharing a blog post on this shot soon so check back in to see that link when it goes live.
  • Rebecca Siegel 3y

    Howard Thanks for the tips! We have gorgeous night skies here. I'm going to try this over the weekend.
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Taken on August 12, 2012
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