Sunday, August 14, 2016

1 Completely Free Stock Footage Clip of the Perseids Meteor Shower

I was very fortunate to have my family vacation time overlap with not only a new moon, but also the Perseids meteor shower event. We were camping in a remote area in the Adirondack mountains, so I decided to take my camera along to see what I could capture.

While I enjoyed what I got, I was using a new time lapse feature that automated the capture differently than how I normally have in the past.  I was able to calculate my exposure using the ever popular "500 rule", which came out to about a 15-second exposure for each frame.  In the past, that meant I needed to set an interval that was HIGHER than 15 seconds to correctly create the time lapse.  Little did I know, this new program factored in the camera's shutter into the interval, which means I could have gotten away with setting a 1-second interval instead of the 16 seconds I had it programmed for.  The camera was also set to go dark, so it did not waste any battery life in inconsequential features.  Since the interval and the shutter time were almost identical, I did not notice that the camera was firing off every other 15 seconds.  The result, while still striking, was about half the amount of frames that I was hoping for in the time I had allotted to be outside, awake and away from my sleeping family.

Let it be a lesson though to anyone looking to go out and do the same.  ALWAYS test new methods and equipment, especially if you are going to places you can't frequent.

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This video was shot using a Sony A7SII and a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 Adapter