A Baker's Dozen of Impressive Perseid Meteor Shower Captures

A Baker's Dozen of Impressive Perseid Meteor Shower Captures

While the Perseid Meteor Shower was putting on a show earlier this week, I was fast asleep. Luckily for all of us, a lot of talented photographers planned ahead and captured some great photos.

The biggest meteor shower of the year had astrologers, astrophotographers, and stargazers alike excited to stay up late and watch a truly amazing spectacle. Being able to watch the show only involves no cloud cover and a dark sky. Being able to capture the streaking meteors in an interesting manner takes a lot more. Many of these photographers invested great time and money into the right gear, location-scouting, and developing the skills and knowhow to successfully capture the night sky.

While I make no claim that these are all in-camera captures and not composites, I did make sure they were all posted recently and featuring the 2018 shower from this week. If you have seen or photographed other worthy shots, upload or link to them in the comments.

In no particular order, here is a fresh baker's dozen of the best Perseid Meteor Shower photos I could find.

Brendan A.

Bill Bowman

Exercise in Sleep Deprivation: Perseids 2018

Melody Sky

Joseph Zhao

Alyn Wallace


The Perseid meteor shower

Lars Leber Photography

Qi Yang

Kyle Wolfe

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I'm finally back in the Bay Area after being on the road for nearly a month. I met so many awesome people and had some pretty unforgettable experiences on my journeys. My final destination was Sequoia National Park where I visited some friends from a camp I taught photography at last year. The camp is conveniently located only 3 miles away from a gorgeous 8,100ft mountain peak with an incredible view of Sequoia and King's Canyon national parks. I made frequent trips up to the peak to scout compositions for the Perseids Meteor Shower. During one visit, the smoke from nearby wildfires was so intense that it blanketed the surrounding central valley cities such as Fresno and almost completely blocked out their light pollution. It was the clearest I had ever seen the milky way from that part of California, so I spent the night up there capturing it. A few nights later I captured the meteor shower from the same spot. Since the Perseids peaked late in the night, I couldn't capture the Milky Way facing in this direction. I made the difficult decision to layer the meteor photos over the milky way shot I captured earlier in the week. I tried to do as little alteration to the position and size of the meteors as possible to preserve realism. Regardless of whether this photo should be classified as true photography or digital art, I had a lovely time hanging out with friends under the stars and this picture is a reflection of my fond memories of that experience. Would love to hear your thoughts on the classification of photography and digital art. Settings ⚙️ | f/2.8 | 20 seconds | ISO 8000 Gear 📷 | Sony A7iii | Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 | Feisol CT-3401 Carbon Fiber Tripod | RRS BH-40 Ballhead #sonyalpha #sonyimages #nightphotography #astrophotography #night_excl #theIMAGED #longexposure_shots #moodygrams #ig_color #visualsoflife #agameoftones #wildernessculture #rsa_night #global_exposures #stunnersoninsta #earth_shotz #earthpix #feedbacknation #astrophotography_ #perseidmeteorshower #wildcalifornia #visitcalifornia #kingscanyon #sequoianationalpark #sfgate #nbcbayarea #abc7now

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Ross Thompson


Lars Martin Teigen

Austin Jackson


Jeffrey Sullivan

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Sullivan also made a time lapse of the above scene.

I'm not sure if any of these photographers needed any of the meteor-shooting tips we published leading up to the shower, but here they are for your reading and viewing pleasure:

By the way, since I didn't get any shots of my own, I used an older star photo and Adobe Photoshop to make my own meteors. It was as simple as messing with the built-in calligraphy brush, some transforming, and layer effects. What do you think?

Fake Meteors Created in Adobe Photoshop

Lead image used with permission of Jeff Sullivan.

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