Tuesday night was the night! If you wanted to see the Perseid meteors, every source I found insisted it should be Tuesday night about an hour before the moonrise. I headed out around 9:30pm after sitting through the rains that rolled through my area. The sky was clear and I was determined. Too bad Mother Nature loves a good joke…
When I arrived at my first stop I immediately saw two meteors as I was getting the camera out of the car. Awesome! This is going to be great! While I was able to capture a few images, I didn’t see another meteor. And then the fog started to roll in. At first I thought I was tired and my vision was a little blurry and then I realized the sky was being obscured from the horizon upwards. The first image is my best from Tuesday.
I was determined not to give up on Tuesday. I drove higher into the hills around Holland Patent hoping to get above the fog. I found a location, setup the camera, focused on the stars and grabbed a few captures before I was foiled by the fog again. This time is was close to 11:30pm, so I headed home. Hopefully, Wednesday will be better.
Wednesday came and the sky was clear again. I ventured out around 9:30pm with a single destination in mind. I returned to the hills above Holland Patent and setup along a pasture fence. The first image below is my first exposure after adjusting the focus. I felt lady luck was with me tonight. There is really no good way to capture an image as soon as you see the meteor, at least for me. My best option was to trigger the exposure every minute and wish for a little luck. I didn’t always see every object crossing the sky but the camera caught quite a lot. Some of the streaks I assume are satellites.
After capturing a few good meteors I adjusted the camera composition to include both Ursa Major and Minor. The image below with only stars was my first attempt at a composition and I happened to get lucky. The second image has a couple of small meteors near the fence in the lower right corner. By 11pm I decided to call it a night and head back home. If the weather permits I might head out again…
Delta Lake State Park
The extremely low water level at Delta Lake has created a strip of land from the boat launch area out into the lake. I walked to the very tip of this exposed peninsula to capture the sunset yesterday evening. There was still quite a lot of activity on the lake in the last 30 minutes before sundown. I was able to shoot between the boats, jet skis, and kayaks to get the sun as it disappeared into the clouds at the horizon. It wasn’t as quiet out in the lake as I would have liked but the view was totally worth it…
Squared – SQ148
Midday at Work
The weather was too nice to stay sequestered inside during lunch yesterday. I grabbed the macro lens and went for a walk around the building. Almost was a mistake as I really didn’t want to go back inside and finish the day. The reprieve was definitely worth it and I captured a few interesting images along the way…
Squared – SQ147