Welcome to day 339 of 365 photos…there was a meteor shower that peaked at 2AM on Sunday morning. I wasn’t awake when that happened but I decided that I would go out for a while last night to see if I could see any meteors to photograph. I set the camera on the tripod and added a remote, grabbed a camp chair and went outside. It was another dark, clear and cold nights. The sky was pretty but because we live in a place where there are street lights and now Christmas lights, there is definitely light saturation in my backyard. Still, it was pretty dark in the backyard and I thought I would give it a try. The good news is that I actually saw five meteors while I was out there. The bad news is that the camera was never pointed in the correct place to show them. I played around with different lengths of time. I thought I was counting out about 15 to 30 seconds each time but it turned out that my timing was off. *sigh* I like the photo below because I caught an airplane going through. The blinking lights made it look like a dotted line across the sky in the photo. In 40 seconds, I was starting to get star trails.Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Tokina 12-28mm
Focal Length: 12mm – Aperture: f/4 – Shutter Speed: 40 seconds – ISO: 100
The little cluster of stars below appears in both of the photos above. I brought it in closer to see what it looks like to you. I know what it looks like to me (and no, I am not sure what it is in sky terms). It is kind of like looking at clouds. What does it look like to your eyes?Then, as I was getting ready to bring the camera in, I brought out my little red light so I could see and I decided that since the camera was still photographing the sky, that I would shine on the lens. I moved it in a circular motion twice and turned off the camera. Here is what I got. Weird but kind of different. No meteor in a photo but I gained a bit of knowledge on night photos. I have a long way to go. I can’t wait to get to Maine next summer where it is REALLY dark next to the lake.Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.
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