Prior to the Leonid meteor shower of 2001 I asked readers to send me their photographs. The winner, which I judged to be the best of those submitted, would receiver a free copy of the current issue of The Video Journal.
My meteor shoot was a bust. Hope you enjoy these though.
The winner of a free copy of Issue #2 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal for having the most interesting meteor shower photograph submitted is Bill Swails. His entry is seen immediately below. Congratulations Bill!
Superior, Colorado, USA
Canon EOS-3, Canon 28-70 2.8 zoom set at 28mm, Kodak Supra 800 film. Exposure Unrecorded.
This photo was taken on the west side of the Crestone Mountains in south central Colorado, USA at an elevation of about 8,000 feet. Exposure unrecorded. In the original negative I can count 15 different meteors. I was treated to clear skies and an incredible display. There were so many meteors, I was concerned about overexposure. In hindsight, I should have left the shutter open another hour.
links to photo: 500x335 72dpi: http://earthroamer.com/leonid/earthroamer_leonid.jpg 1200x800 72dpi: http://earthroamer.com/leonid/earthroamer_leonid_big.jpg
Nikon D1x, 17-35mm at 17mm, f/2.8
Exposure: 15 sec at ISO 125
Dark Frame subtracted using Qimage Pro
I too, had a comedy of errors trying to photograph the 2001 Leonids. Woke up to cloudy skies at 12:30am, scrapped my planned trip to a pre-scouted location at elevation in the Colorado mountains and went back to bed discouraged. I set my alarm 2:30am "just in case" the skies cleared. And that they did, so I ended up shooting from my suburban backyard (not ideal). Then my star tracker device quit working, and still is not working, though it was working fine Saturday afternoon. So no "guided" shots for me this year. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes! I figure the luck all evens out, so my next planned shoot should go great!!
Camera: Fujifilm GA645Zi Professional
Lens: Fuji EBC 55-90mm f/4.5 @ 55mm
Tripod: Gitzo MK1228 w/ Kirk BH-1 ball head
Film: Fuji ProviaF 400 (pushed to ISO 800)
Shutter: ~90 seconds
Date & Time: November 18, 2001 - 3:15am MST
Location: Thornton, CO - medium dark suburban sky (~5300 ft. elevation)
Here's my best Leonid frame. Don't know how it stacks up against the others you may get, but do with it what you will. It was shot from central Japan at about 17:30 GMT, which was 2:30 AM on the 19th here. This was predicted to be the time of a second peak, later than the one visible in North America. I used a 28mm lens on Fuji 800 speed negative film. As the star trails show, the exposure was about a minute, at f2.8.
Here is another meteor photo.
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