August 15, 2015

Photography: Wishing Upon A Perseid Meteor

Stars glowing in different colors / Photo +Maricris G 

"The Perseid meteor shower is one of the testament of how amazing the sky can be. To experience its beauty, all you need to do is look up."

I've never witnessed any type of meteor shower before. I wasn't even sure I would see one. But pure luck would have it, this night was my lucky night. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the testament of how amazing the sky can be. To experience it, all you need to do is look up.

Perseid Meteor sighting
It was unexpected. It came out of nowhere and fast. Bright trail of light streaked across the semi-lit sky. It came so fast, in mere seconds it was gone. It was an experience I was glad to have been able to experience it with my daughter.

Unfortunately, it was too fast even for my quick-clickin' fingers.

Night Photography and City light pollution
Taking pictures of the sky at night is very tricky when there's a lot of illumination coming from the bright lights of the city. It messes up with the camera's sensor and washes away details as I have experienced while photographing the starry sky sans the Perseid meteor. Cloud present that night also increased the illumination which made it harder to take a good picture as you can see on the picture below.

Nonetheless, it was worth going out there and witnessing a meteor do a Houdini on me.

Want to give Astrophotography a shot? Try these settings. Set your camera to AV (Aperture priority) and adjust your aperture to the lowest setting. Set it to f 2.8 or f 3.5 with ISO 100 or 200, depending if you encounter light pollution then adjust accordingly. Adjust your lens to its widest range. 18mm- 35mm will do the trick. Last but not the least, prop your camera on a tripod. There you go. Get clickin'.

If you have any question, feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment. Thank you!

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