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Night Skies over Kyrgyz Republic — Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower

Night Skies over Kyrgyz Republic — Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower

Olivier Le Blanc, photograher currently based in Kyrgyz Republic, spent a night in Ala-Archa National Park to capture the Perseid Meteor Shower. We are sharing his amazing photos and text below.

I spent the night of August 11th 2016 in Kyrgyz Republic’s Ala-Archa National Park, located about 25km south of the country’s capital, Bishkek. I took a few photos of the sky, trying to capture shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower that was foretasted that night. I used a Canon 6D and my beloved Sigma 24mm F/1.4 Art to capture these images. To remotely trigger the camera, I used my iPhone with Canon’s Camera Connect application. Photos were taken with a 10 to 30 second exposure and I found that I had best results with the lens opened at F/2 because it minimized vignetting. Images were edited with Lightroom.

Looking due East, a satellite makes a bright streak over the hills; shooting stars do not have such continuous patterns. The moon makes the light from the right of the photo, dimly lighting the mountains.

Looking due East, a satellite makes a bright streak over the hills; shooting stars do not have such continuous patterns. The moon makes the light from the right of the photo, dimly lighting the mountains.

Clouds form along the Milky Way

Clouds form along the Milky Way

Photographing the skies was so much fun because I got to camp with my family under the stars. My daughter is 3 and this was her first real camping experience, with bonfire and all, and she was as happy as can be.

Looking due North, the lights of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyz Republic, shine on the horizon.

Looking due North, the lights of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyz Republic, shine on the horizon.

The Milky Way, in all its majesty, to the left of the frame.

The Milky Way, in all its majesty, to the left of the frame.

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