The Perseid Meteor Shower with the Milky Way as seen from Cathedral Lake with Cathedral Peak in the Elk Mountains of Colorado near Apsen.

Perseid Meteor Shower at Cathedral Lake (2018)

Cathedral Lake, Colorado

In the summer of 2018, I backpacked to Cathedral Lake in the Elk Mountains near Aspen, CO. I had two objectives: climb 13er Cathedral Peak (featured at center) and photograph sunrise from there, and photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower. Not easy to combine a night photography goal, climbing a mountain, and photographing sunrise in one day, but I managed to pull it off. I'll sleep when I'm dead.

Despite the haze in the night sky from the California fires, this was the best Perseid shower I can remember shooting. There were huge streaks of light on a consistent basis. I was very pleased and just loved laying on my back next to the lake to watch the meteors rain down.

It was a fabulous night of star-gazing and meteor watching! It was VERY dark, so I processed it darkly.


Out of 413 exposures I shot over the course of several hours during the Perseid Meteor shower, I combined multiple (19) exposures to bring forward all of the meteors I was able to capture as well as the Milky Way. I then combined this with my foreground shot which was exposed for much longer (but not as long as I wanted - I accidentally left my intervalometer at home and forgot to download the PlayMemories app on my phone, so I hand-held the button down).

Photo © copyright by Matt Payne.

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