Ken Papaleo: X Marks the Shot: Colorado - Perseid Meteor Shower 2016, Guanella Pass.

Colorado - Perseid Meteor Shower 2016, Guanella Pass.

"X Shot" information.
Camera - Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO - 2000
F/Stop - 2.8
Shutter Speed - 30 sec.
Lens - 16/35 zoom
Note - Tripod and Cable Release used in all these shots.

 This year there was to be a "outburst" Perseid Meteor Shower, so I couldn't miss it. I have a number of locations nearby to choose from and I took Guanella Pass, above Georgetown. The best viewing was after the moon went down at 1 am. The clouds moved out and there was no wind, it did get pretty cold. The Milky Way Galaxy was stunning! One real important thing is to get you lens focused at infinity, which can be a little hard at night. What I do is go out during the day and focus at infinity. Tape down the focus ring and turn off auto focus. Now your ready to go. I set in a chair and took 30 second exposures until dawn. It is not to late to view this meteor shower, even though the peak has past. The show will continue until August 24th.

Ken Papaleo
Colorado Photographer


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I worked for the Rocky Mountain News for 28 years, until they went out of business. I now do freelance work, post this weekly blog, ski and play with my four grand children. I still have the love to get out and take photographs, which brings me great peace and comfort.

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