The Little Persistant Perseid Meteor That Could

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?

  • Jordyn Murdock 4y

    awesome shot! well worth the wait and missed shots!
  • Kees Straver 4y

    Great job on this wonderful capture
  • Rich'sPics 4y

    642 shots! That's persistence, but well worth the effort. Thanks for sharing it with us.
  • Robin Wilson PRO 4y

    I wouldn't change a thing!!....the cloud blur really adds to image imho.
  • Leon Turnbull 4y

    wonderful catch!
  • Paul Hueber PRO 4y

    Nice catch and persistence.
  • Eric Mace 4y

    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.
  • Pat Ulrich PRO 4y

    so very cool -- fantastic shot!
  • Carlos_gtz 4y

  • Brad Goldpaint 4y

    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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  • ~CanonGrl97~ PRO 4y

    So cooooooool!!!

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  • Mike McRoberts 4y

    Wonderful shot, Michael!
  • New Yorkled PRO 4y

    Gorgeous sky there. The blues up there are so intoxicating.
  • Daniel Cheong PRO 4y

    Indeed a great catch! Amazing clarity and sharpness for this night shot!
  • Dave Wadsworth PRO 4y

    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.
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  • Ian@NZFlickr PRO 4y

    Brilliant or persistant! I think the moving clouds and top stars add interest.
  • judyboy PRO 4y

    What a beautiful exposure... lovely blues and like you said... like the little meteor that could hehe!
  • Linda Eshom 4y

    This is wonderful. Im so amazed that you only caught the one though...... awesome ;)
  • Marie-Thérèse PRO 4y

    Breathtaking capture !!!
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Taken on August 14, 2011
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