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The Perseid Meteor Shower

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 3 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A country road heading to Fremont Peak winds underneath the skies as a small meteor from the Perseid Meteor Shower strikes the atmosphere with the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy as a backdrop in the night sky.

NIKON D3 48 seconds F/2.8 ISO 4000 17 mm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

An amazing night sky

3 Sep 2010 5:31am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Such a great framing for catching the perseids! Milky Way makes the sky most interesting here.

3 Sep 2010 5:38am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

un enchanted world !

3 Sep 2010 6:37am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Can we make a wish if we see a meteor on a picture or do we need to see it in real...
This is like a dream...

3 Sep 2010 6:38am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Gorgeous capture... so detailed ! Very impressive again Scott, well done. Have a nice day :)

3 Sep 2010 8:11am

Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

like from some giant magic wand. beautiful!

3 Sep 2010 8:26am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


3 Sep 2010 12:14pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


3 Sep 2010 1:10pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Very unique image using the road Scott. I have completely forgot about processing these images - will have to go back and take a peak!

3 Sep 2010 1:23pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great night shots your two last posts. One so full of

3 Sep 2010 2:18pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great night shots your two last posts. One so full of quietness and the other so full of activity.

3 Sep 2010 2:19pm

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

what a gorgeous image.....the billion starry sky, the meteor, the road winding into the distance through sand and brush.....and my favorite part: that golden glow just over the horizon, a kind of promise of a miraculous world.....brilliant shot

3 Sep 2010 3:46pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


3 Sep 2010 4:01pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

How beautiful this is, Scott. Our sky was pitch black long before the Perseid Meteor Shower began in the east, but we did get to see one lone meteor streak across the sky, from N > S, which was breathtaking!

3 Sep 2010 4:02pm

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Scott, this is so, so, so wonderful!! You make me want to give this kind of photography a try. I see that you are using a D3 and you have the ISO pushed way up, but I see little noise here! WOW! I love, love the galaxy.

3 Sep 2010 5:52pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, NC, United States

That's an absolutely wonderful shot, Scott... on all fronts. It has that magical feel of a Hubble shot. Care to share the ratio of exposures with vs without a meteor? And about the lack of noise at such a high ISO...a pass through noise reduction software? Thanks for sharing your terrific picture with us!

3 Sep 2010 6:11pm

@Tony Duque: Tony, thanks for the comment! I was shooting at high iso with the D3 which is fantastic for high iso low noise images. Canon just came out with their version of the D3 recently. I was shooting from 20 seconds to about 50 second exposures hoping to capture a few with the meteor strikes in the frame. I got a few and this was one of my favorites - you can see the exposure info to the right of the image. No noise reduction was used. In order to take these types of images you need a high iso camera, and an f2.8 wide angle lens. No iso noise reduction was used.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wow!! Wonderful capture.

3 Sep 2010 6:57pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

An exceptional opportunity to see this! It looks like shattered glass pieces all over the sky!

3 Sep 2010 7:52pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

This is a brilliant shot Scott. In Holland we can't take such photo's because of all the light in the country. I love to look at tihis kind of photo's!!

3 Sep 2010 8:04pm

steve loos from hollister, United States

Scott, love the trees and road in the image and good catch on the meteor!

3 Sep 2010 8:50pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Very cool - I'm glad someone caught a meteor!

3 Sep 2010 11:48pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


4 Sep 2010 5:15am

Alexey from Nikopol, Ukraine

You made fantastic picture, Scott. I can't believe that you shot it in the night when look on the green ground. Superb low-noise at D3's High ISO and F2/8 create magic! I dream to see such a Milky Way at night in reality too.

4 Sep 2010 9:11am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Mind boggling to think that any camera can produce usable images at iso 4000 Scott, but you certainly have found a way to squeeze the maximum quality out of the results. Are there any special techniques used in the post production to retain the awesome range range of light in these shots?

4 Sep 2010 9:11am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

WOW! I must get up there soon on a clear night, if just to see all the stars! Your night time work is fantastic.

4 Sep 2010 1:11pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Wow beautiful shot , nice capture

4 Sep 2010 8:12pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

what can one say? an amazing night sky with just about every single star visible in this photo!

5 Sep 2010 12:34am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

There is so much light pollution where I live I have never seen one of the perseids. Once I think I actually did see a shooting star some time ago though. A magical shot with all the sparkling stars surrounding it.

5 Sep 2010 2:56am

Dwight Corrin from Wichita, Kansas, United States

Very nice image. It always feels great, doesn't it, when patience is rewarded. Congrats on the spotlight, as well as on the exposure.

5 Sep 2010 12:32pm

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Very nice shot

5 Sep 2010 1:02pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Congratulations on your well deserved spotlight Scott :) Have a great sunday !

5 Sep 2010 1:39pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Congratulations ! This photo is amazing ! Well done !

5 Sep 2010 2:45pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations on the spotlight, a true wonder this cliche. Good Sunday

5 Sep 2010 2:49pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Amazing picture..Wow...

5 Sep 2010 4:04pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

So happy this made the Spotlight, Scott ... so well deserved!

5 Sep 2010 5:02pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Yes, I agree with Judy! Stunning work! Congrats on spotlight!!!!!

5 Sep 2010 6:30pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This image takes my breath away. A beautiful world, and it is so beautifully rendered here.
Everyone else has already spoken ahead of me to express my the thoughts and feelings about this shot.
I'm so glad you were chosen for the AM3 Spotlight for this. Congratulations !!

5 Sep 2010 8:18pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Excellent even without the Persid-with it, even more special. Congrats on your spotlight!

5 Sep 2010 10:16pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Magical!
Congratulations on the Spotlight! Magnificent!

6 Sep 2010 2:53am

Julie from Easton, United States

WOW! It looks like sprinkling of fairy dust! Man... to get a shot like this...

6 Sep 2010 4:01am

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Wow, this is amazing, extra composition! Congrats!!

6 Sep 2010 5:35am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


6 Sep 2010 8:04am

Bethany from Michigan, United States

This is very impressive. You've done a wonderful job of capturing the starfield and that streak of meteor. 5 stars!

6 Sep 2010 12:55pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic! Congrats on your Spotlight!

6 Sep 2010 3:43pm

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Fantastic shot ! Amazing colours and light, a great show !! Congratulations for the "spotlight"
Kind regards

6 Sep 2010 7:08pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the spotlight. The sky is awesome

6 Sep 2010 8:31pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I looked through much of your work. Stunningly beautiful images. I am now a subscriber to your podcast. :) Look forward to it. Thanks!

7 Sep 2010 3:12am

Seraphine from San Francisco, Uganda

you are so lucky to see that! i went out several nights at midnight to see it, but we were all fogged in. i didn't get to see even one shooting star to make a wish on. so thank you for showing me what i was missing.
your photo came out great! i love the setting sun effect too.

7 Sep 2010 3:39am

Punit from Wanderer, India

This is a fantastic one! And like many others I'm just curious on how you achieved a noise level so low at an ISO so high. Would be glad to learn, the PP options, if any, that were involved.

8 Sep 2010 5:27am

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Clicked in the right moment! 5 Stars for this one. Congrats on the Spotlight

9 Sep 2010 4:28am

Richard from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Fabulous shot!!

13 Sep 2010 2:32pm

Mike from California, United States

I'm glad to see at least someone get a meteor in a frame that night ! Nicely captured.

13 Sep 2010 6:26pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

I have returned to look at this photo several times and each time it is spectacular! The detail of the stars and the Milky Way are superb...nicely done!

17 Sep 2010 5:23am

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Wow! This is such a rare opportunity to capture! Well done this is an outstanding shot.

17 Sep 2010 12:34pm

stijn from brugge, Belgium

you edited teh back drop in right??? ... like the colors

21 Sep 2010 11:36am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States


21 Sep 2010 2:11pm

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

Unbelievable, it must have been awesome.

27 Sep 2010 8:02pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Wow, haha, this is just insane... Never seen anything like it... Well done!

7 Oct 2010 7:07pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

better than my own eyes ^^

20 Nov 2010 5:51pm

David from Orange, France

Simplement exceptionnel.

8 May 2011 7:44pm

mahshid yaali from ahvaz, Iran

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19 Sep 2011 6:20pm