Sunday, August 15, 2010

Perseides Meteor Shower & "The Green Tide"

Thanks to my good friend, Jacque (HI, JACQUE!), who forwarded me some info on this year's Perseid meteor shower, I decided to head about 40 miles inland early Friday morning, the 13th, at 3 a.m., to get away from the lights of the city and suburbs and to hopefully get a nice shot of some meteors streaking across the sky. While driving to my destination, I saw several meteors and felt that I was going to get some good shots. Having finally arrived, I set my camera up on the tripod and pointed it in the general direction of the Perseids. My goal for this shoot was to get some shots of static stars instead of star trails, so I had to make sure that I used a slow enough shutter speed to minimize any trails -- I found that 15 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 400 seemed to be enough. While making the exposures, I noticed that the meteors seemed to be appearing just off to my right, so I repositioned the camera and started taking some more exposures. Now they were appearing to my left from where I had originally pointed the camera! HUH?! WHAT?! Anyways, and I am sad to say, I did not get a single meteor shot. And of all the pictures, only one turned out somewhat decent (see below). After one unsuccessful hour, I finally decided to pack up and head back home because I still needed to eat breakfast and get ready for work.

View towards Orion's Belt

That same day, I decided I wanted to go to La Jolla after work to take some pictures of the hundreds of Leopard sharks that were swarming along the south end of La Jolla Shores, so I went home and picked up Gena and Anthony and headed to the beach. By the time we got to the beach, the clouds had rolled in and were blocking the sun. In addition to that, some weird green algae had infested our waters making it so murky that we couldn't see the sharks. So, I decided to take some pictures of the green algae instead. You can read more about the algae here. Photographically speaking, it truly was a Friday the 13th for me :(

Green algae being pushed in by the tide

Interesting pattern created by the algae

My pristine white feet before being touched by the algae

"Algae touch Hulk's feet. Hulk mad!"

"Hulk stomp algae!"

1 comment:

Jacque said...

LOL- Great shot of Orion's Belt and the sky! Nasty algae-Ewwww!