Comet Hunting (Geminids)


Something new/different.

Over the past couple of days, several people had shot me notes about the meteor shower last night.  So, after everyone was in bed and the Earth had quieted, I stepped out into the darkness of my back yard with my D300, a tripod, and a wireless remote (and a red-lensed flashlight).  ZIP!  A falling star streaked down toward the horizon near  the Big Dipper.  zip.  A short streak towards Orion’s belt.  I was in the right location.  I set up and started capturing 30s frames of the sky.

Although I saw nearly 20 falling stars in the 45 minutes I was out beneath the wonderful night sky, not one falling star appeared on film.  The night was not a loss, though; I saw falling stars galore and I captured some nice imagery.

I suggest clicking on each photo to see the stars and details.

I shot, shot, and shot.  And then I pointed the camera at another location around the Geminids.  I took a break from the Geminids to capture Orion, Taurus, Jupiter, and the Pleiades.

My impression:  Falling stars are more difficult to capture than lightning.

And as my resolve waned, the cold began penetrating my layers as the clouds seemed to simultaneously roll in from both the East and West.  It was time to wrap it up for the evening.

Perhaps there will be another opportunity tonight. . .

More information on this event is available here:   http://www.space.com/18887-geminid-meteor-shower-peak-preview.html

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There Aren’t Many Like This


Rough day.  I’m under the weather and first up today was a rough test that shouldn’t have been that rough.

But before I stepped out to face the day, I saw a unique glow outside my window–THAT glow.  The glow that appears sometimes at sunrise or sunset–the glow with which mother nature announces “PAY ATTENTION–I have something to show you!”  I do not recall confirming the glow, but I soon had my D300 in-hand and stepped out to capture this sunrise.

After the long day, I returned to the apartment and saw the camera on my desk–a reminder to myself to check the photos.  I’m glad I left the camera where I did.  With everything that happened today, I had forgotten about the sunrise.

Looking at it again, I see how amazing the world is–if we take the time to pay attention.