Meteors, No … Clouds, Yes

On my way home from teaching last night (I’m currently in the middle of my 5-week Digital SLR class at the Cass Career Center), I was very pleased to see clear skies and stars all around. I had been planning on photographing the peak of the Orionid meteor shower (last night), if the weather would cooperate with me. Living in a very rural area has both advantages and disadvantages. Catching splendid meteor showers is on the advantage side of the list! So, about 11:30 pm last night, set my tripod and camera up, on my back deck, which would be looking high into the sky where the Orionids should appear. Using a timer/controller, I set up to take photos all evening (actually, morning) long. After setting things up, I went back inside and made it to my warm bed (yes, some people say I “cheat”, setting the camera up and then abandoning it for my comfortable bed. But I say I’m using modern technology to it’s fullest!).

When I awoke the next morning, my first task was to retrieve the camera and check the CF card to see what I had caught. As things go, and true to Murphy’s Laws, not long after image capture began, clouds started streaming in. No meteors (at least from what I could see), but I did manage to capture a few interesting shots of clouds streaming through the area:

Clouds rolling in, in the wee hours of the morning

Clouds rolling in, in the wee hours of the morning

Clouds rolling in, in the wee hours of the morning

And the small “dashes” were the beginning of star trails. I always love setting up for astrophotography (shooting things in our heavens). You never know what you will capture, but it usually is not what you were looking for!  :o)

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark III body
  • Canon 28mm – 135mm IS lens (IS turned “Off”), set at 135mm
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter speed 118 seconds (programmed into the timer/controller, with a 3-minute pause between images so that all previous image data would be written to the CF card before the next exposure began)

By the way, I’m working on a quick, intense project for the next 2-3 days. I may have only limited time to blog, tweet or post on Facebook. So, if you miss me for a day or so, please know I am working hard at capturing some more interesting images to share!



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