September 2, 2013

Chasing Meteors – Part 5

And finally we arrive at the Perseid Meteors part.  Photo deets:  every Joshua Tree pic (minus one obvious fisheye) is taken with my 24mm.  The star pics were all long exposure, but capped at 30 seconds (because I couldn’t get my remote and bulb setting to speak to each other).  My f/stops ranged between 5.0 and 2.8.  The darker it got, the more wide open I went (since I was capped at 30 sec).  ISO ranged from 800 to 2500 (again, the darker it got, the higher went my iso).  Tripod – yes.  I used one.  Oh, and I switched focus to manual, set at infinity.
But first … boys, rocks, crescent moon & silhouettes…IMG_0357 IMG_0358 IMG_0378 IMG_0383 Dinner time for Dog Dude.IMG_0390 IMG_0392 Oh, and between these two pics is when Big Dude and I took a walk down the road and I *almost* stepped on what I thought was animal poop.  I sidestepped.  Big Dude took a closer look with a flashlight.  The “poop” was a tarantula.  I will not post that pic.  You’re welcome.IMG_0393 Horizon lit by the moon (which was setting) …IMG_0397 Fisheye (above and below) …IMG_0401-2 Despite being in the middle of nowhere Joshua Tree, apparently we were in LAX’s flight path.  Any of the dotted and/or red lines you see are planes.  The lower left [faint] line is a meteor/comet.  Hills lit by car headlights.IMG_0404 Meteor top middle… more obnoxious car headlights …IMG_0405 Keller Dudes, stargazing …IMG_0407Big Dipper middle.  Comet (faint) lower left edge …IMG_0409 Milky Way larger than life.  Comet lower left.IMG_0411 Comet middle …IMG_0418 More car headlights on rocks.  Comet lower left, just above the rocks.IMG_0419 IMG_0426      Flashlights …IMG_0427  New location, more car headlights (sigh), comet lower right …IMG_0451 IMG_0453 Super fun night.  I hope we go back for next year’s shower.  You can scroll back thru the last couple weeks to find the other Joshua Tree Chasing Meteor posts, if you so desire ...

6 comments:

gaylene said...

Wow. Stunning pictures. I almost feel like I'm there, too!

Tracy P. said...

Pure awesomeness! Love.

Melissa Stover said...

this is incredible. i would love to be able to do this sometime!

Life with Kaishon said...

Absolutely breathtaking. I did not want the pictures to end.

Anita Johnson said...

I sat outside here too. While I saw a few, I didn't capture any. And we had clouds. I knew I would love your photos....seriously, thank you. Next year, I'll try again. The stars fascinate me!

Eva said...

These are simply uh-mazing!!!!

You made me feel like I was right there with you. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in letting me tag along. Your images are stunning. What a truly special time for your peeps. You captured it beatifully...as if you would do anything different. Ha. Steady Eddie amazing = YOU!