Texas Hill Country Landscapes - Perseids over Enchanted Rock

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This nighttime landscape comes from Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country. The image is a composite taken over the course of several hours facing northeast - in the direction of origin of the Perseid meteor shower. I'll set up my camera and using a timer, take a continuous series of 30 seconds exposures over the course of 3 hours. Back home, I'll rotate (to compensate for the earth's rotation) and blend in the meteors to show the location of each shooting star. While I lose a lot of sleep in the process, I'm usually happy with the result. It just takes several hours in post-processing.<br />
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Each April, the Perseids Meteor Shower puts on a show as the earth travels through the debris field of the Swift-Tuttle comet. This intersection can create 60-100 meteors, or shooting stars, per hour in good viewing conditions. This year, the meteor display was dampened a bit with the full moon. Because this meteor show can occur well before and after peak conditions, I waited to shoot the meteor a few days later under a bit better conditions. While not as good as last year, I still saw some nice streaks of light between 2:00am-5:00am.
This nighttime landscape comes from Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country. The image is a composite taken over the course of several hours facing northeast - in the direction of origin of the Perseid meteor shower. I'll set up my camera and using a timer, take a continuous series of 30 seconds exposures over the course of 3 hours. Back home, I'll rotate (to compensate for the earth's rotation) and blend in the meteors to show the location of each shooting star. While I lose a lot of sleep...
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