Stargazing during the Perseid Meteor Shower

Over the weekend, the annual Perseid Meteor Shower took place. I’m located in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it’s hard to get away from all the light pollution. I thought for hours of where I could go watch the amazing event. This year was the first year that I decided I would try to find the darkest environment in my town after being inspired by the night sky I saw 2 years ago in Alaska. I took a gamble with a local regional park a few miles away from where I lived. To be honest, it wasn’t too bad.

As the night progressed, it suddenly got darker and the stars were a lot more visible. Falling meteors where everywhere along the sky, but they were so spontaneous that it was difficult to shoot and impossible to predict. Not only that, but they were amazingly fast and faint that my camera probably didn’t detect them.

The longer I left my shutter open, the more I started to get.

Then I decided to just leave the shutter open really long. Say, 30 minutes?

Even if I didn’t get the shot of the meteors across the skies as I imagined, experimenting with long exposures on my DSLR was worth it. This above shot was my last shot before I left and I’m so glad it turned out well. I would love to come back again.

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76 Responses to Stargazing during the Perseid Meteor Shower

  1. Tom says:

    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  2. Gosh this is so amazing!!

  3. bas says:

    It’s not that hard to make those kind of pics : what I do is remote interval shooting . Connect your DSLR to a laptop and start shooting . I use for this purpose a Canon550D and remote shooting is part of the utility’s menu . Set ISO to , let’s say 800-1600 , exposure time to 13 seconds ( as long as your camera is not ” guided” , till that time you wouldn’t see stripes instead of stars ) and start . No delay time . I did it several times , but unluckely my camera was pointed to the wrong direction :p……… the most beautiful Perseids were not caught by my camera . Bad luck thsi year . Next I will set up 2 camera’s or buy a fisheye , just for this purpose . Your images are really good , nice work !

  4. Gold fish says:

    Wow.. itz so cool…

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  6. Beautiful shots of the night sky. Good job on capturing the stars and its different patterns. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Sara Marquez says:

    Ohmygoodness gracious!!! I need to put stargazing during a meteor shower on my life’s bucket list…. I live in New York City…and we never see stars unless we drive very very very far out…..

  9. These are great shot! I tried to take some pictures of the meteor shower in Japan but it was either overcast or raining. Maybe next year.

  10. naveen Konduri says:

    Amazing shots love em

  11. Beautiful shots and great experimentation! What sort of camera do you use? I’ve tried to do long exposure on mine and I don’t think I can get longer than a minute which is a bummer because I’d love to try out some shots of the stars across the sky.

  12. Nice shots, I do particularly like the last two. The highlights on the hills is awesome, it adds a since of place. The last time I went star gazing and shooting some pics, I was out at stump meadow along just down from Evergreen Lodge outside of Yosemite National Par. I didn’t get anything to speak of that night, but the trip over all was awesome.

  13. RandomSrc says:

    superb shot! how i wish i could also do these someday!

  14. Oh my goodness I want to do this! What did you set your shutter, ISO and fstop to for the clear star shots?

  15. Rohini says:

    Amazing pictures!!

  16. heronwheels says:

    Love the Perseid shower…weather didn’t cooperate this year though. Nice star trail!

  17. EJ says:

    Nice. Very nice.

  18. Daniela says:

    Outstanding!

  19. mesmerizing pics…loved it…

  20. andy says:

    Thank you for sharing ,i like nice post

  21. owow! I wish I can watch meter showers and take great photos like you do. Great shots!

  22. Rovan G says:

    Ugh, i would have LOVED to see it but it’s too hard to see with the harsh city lights!! I envy your photos. they’re beautiful, great shots!! X

  23. wannabuy912 says:

    very beautiful

  24. gauravdey says:

    Even angels may fall down !!

  25. Reblogged this on GroundUp and commented:
    Amid the din of the political arena, this photo-blogger took time to memorial the Perseid Meteor Shower. Awesome photos.

  26. Red Toenails says:

    Wow. Love that.

  27. PrettyGee says:

    Reblogged this on PrettyGee and commented:
    The shots are absolutely stunning!

  28. I love watching the sky. It was cloudy here in Pa. all weekend so we missed it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  29. Reblogged this on alipasuniverse's Blog and commented:
    I thought this was amazingly beautiful, so I reblogged ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I was observing variable stars all night and wanted to see some of the Perseid Meteor shower from Australia but the fog rolled in at 4:00am. Nice photos.

  31. Gail says:

    Beautiful photos! My husband and I started watching the Perseid meteor showers back in the late 70s when we were dating. We still make a point to watch them every year…. it’s a tradition! Thanks for sharing your spectacular photos!

  32. Bella says:

    Luck you here in UK it was cloudy but the last time we layed in the garden and watched it beautiful.
    Loveyour photos thank you

  33. misscorrigan says:

    ;,) happy tear-so beautiful! Thank you for posting.

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  34. Roshni says:

    I couldn’t watch the meteor shower since it was really cloudy at my place. I loved your photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe I’ll get lucky next time! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  35. yosephvera says:

    wow… nice pics

  36. blossomind says:

    beautiful sky… I love the shots! awesome

  37. My boyfriend and I watched the shower from his back garden; considering the weather was awful the sky stayed clear for us and, like you, we saw an amazing show. What wonderful images, have you considered making a career out of photography?

  38. Emily Rain says:

    I would love to see falling stars!!!

  39. Wow. Beautiful. Great shots.

  40. WordsFreely says:

    How did you get that neat curviture in the last photo? ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Life & Sunshine says:

    Love your photos! My husband, daughter and I watched the shower in our backyard and totally feel ya on the unpredictability of each falling star ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great that you made a night of it and came home with some really cool pics! And congrats on being freshly pressed!!

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  43. tetyanalive says:

    breathtaking! way for inspiration. thanks!

  44. Right Beat Radio says:

    Cool shots!

  45. ashleynieuws says:

    Absolutely amazing!

  46. cashgiftingeaze says:

    Looking at the photos makes me relax. Nothing more relaxing than looking at the stars in the sky. Glad you took some great photos that night

  47. SJ Thomas says:

    Beautiful photographs! Especially considering how close to the light pollution you were. Even where the photos haven’t caught the motion they are stunning.

  48. iwhowander says:

    Wow, beautiful photos! Very good exposures ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Francesc Zamora says:

    Unas fotos increรญbles! Beautiful shots!

  50. trcapromo says:

    I love the last shot. The long exposure really makes for a cool effect.

  51. Oh, btw, you’re on the freshly pressed on the wordpress homepage

  52. Love Meteor Showers / shooting stars, thanks for posting!

  53. nazarioartpainting says:

    Beautiful Sky.

  54. All those photos are gorgeous but that last shot is amazing!

  55. Those pictures are so good. I have been trying to find pictures and videos of this phenomenom, since I couldnยดt catch it in this part of the world. Thanks so much for sharing!

  56. candicoloursnicole says:

    Beautiful! I can get lost looking at the stars

  57. transplantednorth says:

    I am nuts about the stars. I spent half the night out on my hammock and counted six shooting stars. Thanks for posting.

  58. amiramelody says:

    I unfortunately missed this! I also live in the bay area. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  59. wordlessbird says:

    Gorgeous. I love stargazing. I live atop the mountains 7000ft high and I always see the Big Dipper constellation out of my bedroom.

  60. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely stunning!!!

  61. What a gorgeous bunch of images ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. adamhaworth684 says:

    Wow the last image was definitely worth the trip! Amazing images all of them, well done.

  63. thelandy says:

    Star gazing, an age old past time!!

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