Reflecting on the interesting night I had trying to take some photos of the meteor shower.
August 11th 2016, around 10:30 I explain to ray my plan. That was to stay up until 1 possibly 2 and try to take some photos of the meteors! I love taking star photos but have never shot meteors before. Ray who is a known night owl was more then happy to come with me on my journey! We packed up all my gear and headed out into the night.
Now im not sure how many of you are framiliar with astrophotography. I'm not that great first off and I certently don't know everything. What I do know is that you need a long exposure to suck up all light the Stars have to offer. And being that the moon was still out it was hard to get any shots before 1 am. so I tinkered around with different settings. Ray and I were off this dirt road out by the river away from the city. At one point we thought we saw someone walking towards us so we hopped in the car and drove over to find it was just a big plastic bag on a fence post.
I could see meteors flying back and forth so very fast. And most of them just out of range of my shot. I was starting to become frustrated and tired as 1:30 rolled around and the moon had set over the horizon. No cell service to keep Ray occupied he managed to fall asleep. While I was increasingly becoming more agitate at every meteor I saw the wasn't in my frame. But then I stood there and took a breath. I brought myself back to zero and just looked up at the stars. I was able in that moment to appreciate where and who I was under the meteor shower. Weather I got the photos or not. Standing there looking up and continually clicking the shutter every 45 seconds. It was peaceful once I slowed down to just enjoy life. Like I always do I have to count down to my last photo. I call out a random number and count down from there. That night it was 6.
The next weekend when I had time to look at the photos I got I was surprised that a few actually had some faint streaks of meteor in them! It was all I wanted. Not that they are the best photos of meteors. But they are my photos and my reminder to appreciate the little things.