Perseid Meteor Shower Fail, Breathtaking Time-Lapse Win

Vimeo user ph dee went out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park last night after hearing that it’s a great place to watch meteor showers. After spending four hours shooting frames for a Perseid meteor shower timelapse video, he discovered that the heavy air traffic in the area dominated the scene.

Luckily for us, he still went ahead and created the video, publishing it to his Vimeo stream with the title “Perseid Meteor Shower Failure“. Even though you don’t get to see much of the Perseid meteor shower, the video offers a breathtaking view of the Earth rotating and airplanes shooting across the sky. Meteor shower fail. Timelapse win.

The first part of the video was captured with a Canon 20D and intervalometer, while the second part was shot with a Canon 5D Mark 2 and Sigma 20mm f/1.8 at f/2 and 30 second exposures on continuous shooting mode with the shutter depressed.

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    Not meteor shower fail, wrong technique! Meteors are brief, the last thing you try to capture with a time-lapse film is brief events!

  • Oi99

    Not wrong technique at all in my opinion, he shot one frame immediately after another, each at 30 sec duration so ANY brief event happening during the exposure sequence will have been captured.

  • Jetlag

    There might have been a couple of meteors in there but the majority were planes.

  • Neccessary

    Sorry. Watched the video but never read the title or description until after.

  • seegullmedia

    I thought it was pretty haunting, either way. I liked it!

  • Stefan Heymanns

    You are right, the technique is correct to capture a brief moment (such as a meteor) on a single frame. However, combining it to a time lapse video to show a meteor shower is the wrong technique. If you combine somewhere between 10 to 20 frames for every second of finished film, a meteor on a single frame does not really stand out.

    Nevertheless, the final result is still great.

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