If Chicago didn’t suffer from an amazing amount of light pollution, I would be much happier living in the city. As is the case, the city is a glowing metropolis, so I had to head back to my home town to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower.
Before going on my trip I rented a super-wide lens for my camera, a 14mm beauty, that would allow me to see as much of the sky as possible. It was shocking to learn how much of the sky I could photograph. There were moments when a fireball flashed across the sky and I thought to myself, “There’s no way I got that in frame!”
But I did! And it was great.
The second night I went out, Saturday evening into Sunday morning, was the best night for me (first and fifth photographs). The sky light up on numerous occasions and it was truly spectacular. Right when I got to my location and begin setting up my tripod, there was a big streak across the sky… right where I was going to compose my shot. I cussed a bit, but the night was still young.
The last night I went out, Sunday evening into Monday morning, the weather was very cloudy. Every amazing fireball that flashed across the sky was in another part of the sky I wasn’t photographing.
That sucks, but that’s how these things go.
With persistence, I ended up being able to stitch together a timelapse of the stars and the sky. It’s not perfect by any means, but it should be a nice reminder that we are very little creatures floating on a very little rock in a very big universe.
And that is awesome.
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