The Little Persistant Perseid Meteor That Could

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    So after making the extra effort to triple-check the weather forecast for our preferred Perseid location we still got clouded over, but I refused to give up on the shower.

    I pointed my camera at the shower radiant and hoped some meteors would be bright enough to shine past the nearly full moon and cloud cover... and I was rewarded with this nifty Perseid image that is quite a bit different than the usual fair. I guess it just goes to show the old lemons to lemonade adage applies to photography too!

    Shot Notes:
    642 shots at 19 mm, F/5.6, 13 seconds, 2000 ISO, and this was the only meteor I caught! ;-)))

    I used the image with the most moonlight on the foreground to lighten it in the meteor frame and used a bit of light painting on the dead tree. Agonized over cropping off a sizable portion of the top, but decided to post un-cropped. Thoughts?

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    1. jordynmurdock 44 months ago | reply

      awesome shot! well worth the wait and missed shots!

    2. Rich'sPics 44 months ago | reply

      642 shots! That's persistence, but well worth the effort. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    3. Robin-Wilson 44 months ago | reply

      I wouldn't change a thing!!....the cloud blur really adds to image imho.

    4. leapin26 44 months ago | reply

      wonderful catch!

    5. Paul Hueber 44 months ago | reply

      Nice catch and persistence.

    6. emace 44 months ago | reply

      We had crystal clear skies here for the shower and I just could capture a single one. In fact, in the two hours I sat out waiting for them to show, I saw on 4 and none were in frame. So, when you ask what I think I have to reply that I think it isn't fair that you got one this cool when I didn't get even a crappy one. I am, however, happy for you that your persistence paid off. To have clouds and that landscape in the image as well just makes me even more envious. Excellent reward for your effort and perseverance.

    7. Pat Ulrich 44 months ago | reply

      so very cool -- fantastic shot!

    8. Goldpaint Photography 44 months ago | reply

      Talk about one in a million shot. To get that break in the clouds, having to deal with a full moon, and get a bright, stunning meteor right through the break is such a reward for your efforts. Thank you for all your comments on my photos, Michael. Glad you approve!
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    9. phoGARDENtog 44 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot, Michael!

    10. New Yorkled 44 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous sky there. The blues up there are so intoxicating.

    11. DanielKHC 44 months ago | reply

      Indeed a great catch! Amazing clarity and sharpness for this night shot!

    12. Outrageous Images 44 months ago | reply

      This is a great photo! The object itself bears a resemblance to several photos I have seen of the ISS which was visible in the sky several times over that weekend. You may want to check NASA's info on ISS flyovers for your area. They list dates, times, direction and the area of the sky that ISS will be traveling in. With the camera settings you used you should be able to get some more interesting shots.

    13. Ian@NZFlickr 44 months ago | reply

      Brilliant or persistant! I think the moving clouds and top stars add interest.

    14. judyboy 44 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful exposure... lovely blues and like you said... like the little meteor that could hehe!

    15. Linda Eshom 44 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful. Im so amazed that you only caught the one though...... awesome ;)

    16. mamietherese1 42 months ago | reply

      Breathtaking capture !!!
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