Perseid Meteor Shower in Red & Green

State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Town
Bishop
Brief Directions

See my guidebook "Photographing California Vol. 2 - South" for access notes. The road can be rough and the rocks sharp, so high clearance and tires rated "all terrain" are advisable. I experienced both a flat tire and a second tire delamination on my last visit there with tires not rated all terrain! Along with the flat that I picked up the prior day at The Racetrack in Death Valley, that made 3 tire failures in 48 hours, so I had to buy a complete set of 4 tires in Bishop the next day. I don't travel anywhere on unpaved roads without tire patch plugs, an air compressor (sometimes 2), and multiple cans of Fix-a-flat! Death Valley National Park recommends carrying two spare tires.

Notes

Using the internal interval timer, my Nikon D750 lasted approximately 3.5 hours of continuous sequential shooting on a single battery, producing 414 images. From those I selected some of the images with the brightest meteors, and merged the meteors into the one shot of the landscape and sky, to show where the meteors appeared during the sequence.

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I've had an interest in space all of my life, and I've been an avid astrophotographer for over a decade. In 2018 one of the images from the sequence that I caught Perseid meteors in captured this bristlecone pine tree lit up by brake lights from a departing vehicle. With the background green airglow, it makes a colorful selection to include the brighter meteors in. Although the meteors were effectively "time shifted" into this composite image as they were collected from separate images, nothing about the image is created or faked; all of the meteors appear exactly where the camera captured them in this scene.

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January 4, 2019

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