Last night was the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, so Matt and I saddled up a tripod, grabbed a picnic blanket, and caused irreversible damage to our spines laying flat on our driveways after midnight. I know that ideally, there is way too much light around for the best viewing and photos. Since we both needed to get up this morning and work without being zombies all day, we had to make do with sticking close to home.
As usual, yucky summer weather struck again. I looked like Hermione after being outside for only 5 minutes (my usual look at outdoor weddings. It’s not pretty.) and we had to wipe the lens (and my glasses) constantly.
The worst part was the haze and light cloud cover. We had one little hole where we could actually see the sky. So that’s where we aimed.
We saw 2 meteors within minutes of being outside (one was huge and I’m very sad we didn’t have the camera set up in time) so we figured chances were good we’d catch at least ONE, right?
Ok, I’m lying. That’s an airplane. It doesn’t even look like a meteor, so I guess that was a pretty bad joke.
We saw several more, but they were all outside of the 16mm frame. Slowly, the cloud cover became thicker..
Finally, we had to throw in the towel. We were down to about a cup of blood each from mosquito attacks, and the clouds were only getting thicker.
Bummer, but I’m totally inspired to start shooting the night sky more often. This was really fun, and I’d love to experiment with different things to see what we can come up with!