Perseid Meteor Night Attempt

Perseid Metor Night Attempt with Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye and Pentax K20DAll photos taken with Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 and
Pentax K20D

I woke up at 2:00am trying to shoot the falling stars with Perseid Meteor on August 12, 2009. I went for the wrong location where the city lights disrupted the beauty of the night sky and the meteor happened behind the mountains and trees lower in the horizon. Instead, I salvaged the moments on a couple of shots on the moon and a plane flying over.

Perseid Metor Night Attempt with Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye and Pentax K20D

Though the sky is not as dark as my encounter of the dark night in camping in Yosemite, I sat alone admiring the night sky while waiting for the camera ready to take the next contiguous shot of 30 second shutter shot. In between shots, I made the connection to the Almighty creator for the universe. I felt His awesome presence while appreciating His wonderful creations and I was in awe of its natural beauty at night. Though I have not made a successful attempt in getting a good picture with the falling stars in Perseid Meteor, I am renewed in spirit in the admiration of His countless stars in the sky sparkling in a great distance that show His wonderful creation and love of mankind.

Perseid Metor Night Attempt with Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye and Pentax K20D

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.

11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


AVCr8teur said... @ August 14, 2009 at 9:20:00 PM PDT

Nice! Did you just use long exposure to capture that?

Hin Man said... @ August 14, 2009 at 10:00:00 PM PDT

Thank you Karen, I used 30 sec exposure. I learned it from others to use 30 sec exposures. And with consecutive images with the stars, I see others stacking images together to form star trails. I am still finding the right tool to do the job of stacking as I don't have photoshop.

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