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    Posted August 13, 2010 by
    Haubstadt, Indiana
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    Perseid meteor shower

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    How to Catch a Shooting Star by Steve Gifford


    What a great show last night!  For those of you who enjoy photography and are interested in trying to catch one of the shooting stars this Fall, here are some tips on how to do it:


    1) Using a wide-angle lens, set the ISO to 1600 and the f/stop to the widest (smallest number) you have.  Set the shutter speed to 5 seconds and Manual focus to infinity.
    2) Attach the camera to a tripod and point it in the general direction you see the meteors coming from.
    3) Take pictures... a lot of them!  If you have a cable release, just keep pressing it.  If you wait to see the meteor first, you will probably miss it.  Just keep shooting and hope you get one to fly by while the shutter is open.
    4) As the evening temps drop, eventually your lens may start to fog up as the humid air condenses on the lens glass.   A blow dryer on low every so often will take care of this.  A small space heater blowing across the face of the lens works well also.
    5) If you do happen to catch one and really want to create a nice clean image, load the original image into Photoshop and create a duplicate layer of the photo.  Stack the two images on top of each other using the Overlay option.  This should make the dark areas darker and make the meteor stand out more.


    Hope this helps.  Keep in mind I am just a hack with a camera and some patience.  The real fun is seeing the lightshow God is providing for our enjoyment.  He does great work!


    Good luck!
    Steve Gifford


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