Seven years ago today we were at our lake cabin during the Perseid meteor shower and, on that lovely evening, I spent a couple of very meditative hours out on the dock during the night, experimenting with different settings on my Nikon D-7000. I had the best luck with my Sigma 10-20 mm lens at its widest setting and 25-second exposures at ISO 6400 and f/6.3. I made something over 100 exposures and caught meteor trails in three of them. This was my favorite. (Please click on the photo if you’d like a higher-resolution image.)
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Very good to see! :)
Very good to have been privileged to be there on that lovely night!
‘Twas a grand night for meditation. :)
Did you also, like Perseus, pursue the Gorgon Medusa and rescue Andromeda from a sea monster that night? If so, you were a mindful man (which is what Andromeda means).
Well, I had lots of time to contemplate lots of stuff, but I don’t think that one occurred to me. The only monsters in our lake are some pretty big walleye (and the idiots in summer who race their jetskis too close to shore).
No matter where they’re experienced, stars and water make a memorable combination.
Wow, Gary, that is an awesome shot. I’ve never tried to do night photography like that. I suspect that it works best in isolated locations where there is less light pollution.
It’s really fun to try,but it takes considerable time and a lot of experimentation to get everything right, of course. Thank goodness for digital media. I shudder to think what a similar exercise would have cost using film.
Your wonderful shot of the night sky is also a reminder to stay up and watch out for the shooting stars.
Thanks, Peter, we really try to catch a few when it’s meteor shower time.
I am always admirable of astronomical photography, and this is very fine work, Gary! All your patience and experimentation paid off in a big cosmic way! :)
I was very pleasantly surprised at the way this turned out, but then, I did put a lot of work into it. On the other hand, I’ve had some rather disappointing results with my attempts to do justice to a good full moon. But the longest lens I have is my 100-300, and I don’t have a doubler, and the main challenge seems to be fine manual focusing. I’ll keep trying, though.
I have exactly the same problems and lens restrictions as your good self when it comes to moon photography, which makes it more challenging, and at the same time rather frustrating.
Very nice, Gary. I’ve not tried night photography save for the odd moon shot. A great experience and a great (I imagine more than a few of those hundred) shot to remember it by.
Thanks, Steve, It’s quite an exercise in patience and meditation. There were a number of good Milky Way portraits, but the one with this meteor streak took the prize.