Let the (Meteor) Show Begin!

Today’s post features the Perseid meteors, captured over the Devil’s Tower NM, in northeast Wyoming. This is the big show, the one I came out to photograph. Just watching such a spectacular show is quite amazing when you are in the open vista of a place like the Devil’s Tower, but photographing the show was even more exciting! Here are just a few of the many meteors I captured as they flew over the Devil’s Tower:

Perseid meteor shower over the Devil's Tower

Perseid meteor shower over the Devil's Tower

Perseid meteor shower over Devil's Tower NM

Perseid meteor shower over Devil's Tower NM

Perseid meteor shower over Devil's Tower NM

By the way, see the green “waves” across the sky? No, not the Aurora (although I would have loved to see them this evening!), but a phenomenon called “air glow”. Air glow is actually light emitting from small particles in the upper atmosphere that is sometimes observed during the night hours. This was my first encounter with air glow, but it gives an interesting look and feel to the images!

In the next post, I’ll share my “best of trip” image, a meteor over the Devil’s Tower (from a different location/angle), with the Milky Way overhead, and light from a distant lightning storm that was creeping into the image.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Tamron 17mm-35mm, f/2.8 – f/3.5 wide angle lens, shot at 17mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graf Studioball ballhead
  • ISO 6400
  • Aperture f/2.8
  • Shutter: Set to “Bulb” and each individual exposed for 29 seconds, using an intervelometer

 

 

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Posted in 2015, Astrophotography, Blog, Landscape Photography, National Park, Nature Photography, Travel Photography
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