How many of you actually know what is Perseids meteor shower???
It is a yearly phenomena which will reach its peak on Monday, August 12th 2013.
EPyC is known for sharing knowledge... and for this event we have tied up with Dubai Astronomy group.
Photography is about clicking pictures of the subject you know and understand. And here is your opportunity to learn from Dubai Astronomical Group and photograph the event.
Dubai Astronomy group consists of well known local astronomers, who will brief us on this Celestial Phenomenon.
EPyC will brief you all on the necessary settings to photograph the sky in the night.
We will be meeting at their Zubair camp (25°22'47.61"N / 55°36'42.15"E), where they have their telescope installed, for us to get a closer look at one of the natures greatest fireworks.
There will be toilets at the camp, so don't worry about needing to leave in a hurry.
Yes we all have work the next day, and this is the reason we advice everyone to catch up on sleep before coming for the event.
We will meet at 8:00 pm at Emarat Petroluem (Near Tasjeel), Sharjah, on Mohd. Bin Zayed Rd (Earlier known as Emirates road). 25°20'47.26"N, 55°28'30.40"E.
Dubai Astronomical Group will charge AED 10 - per person.
According to weather forecast, Skies will be clear, Humidity will be around comfortable 6% with light breeze and temperatures as low as 33 deg centigrade...
Promise your family that you will be back before they wake up,
Wear light clothes,
And join us for an over night picnic to witness this celestial wonder.
Yes bring your cameras with you...
For shooting the stars, you would need the following,
Lens: 18 mm (and less) on a crop sensor camera & 24 mm (and less) on a full frame camera.
F stop: Fast lens which are close to f2.8 are good, but if you lens can touch F3.5 you can still get great pictures.
Tripod: A tripod is a must.
Accessory: Shutter release cable will help, but you can do without it. If you are planning to capture star trails, please bring along an intervalometer.
For Shooting the stars...
To avoid motion blur,
1. Aperture: At the widest possible on your lens.
2. 500 rule: Shutter speed = 500 /(Focal length x crop factor). For Crop sensor cameras, crop factor for Nikon it is 1.5 and for Canon it is 1.6.
For example: Canon 7d has a crop factor of 1.6 and if we use an 18 mm lens with the camera.
Shutter speed = 500 / (18 x 1.6) = 17.36 sec. Round down the shutter speed, to the nearest possible shutter speed on your camera, or put the camera on BULB mode and use the Intervalometer to set the shutter speed to 17 seconds.
3. ISO: Do not hesitate to increase the ISO. Increase the ISO till you reach the desired exposure.
4. Focusing: Go into live view, zoom into the brightest star and manually focus till the star is at its sharpest. Put the lens back to manual focus, and do not touch the focus ring for the rest of the shoot.
5. Mirror Lockup: if you have this feature, enable mirror lockup. Which means you will have to press the shutter twice. Once to move the mirror out of the way, pause, then click the second time to expose the sensor. If you do not have Mirror Lockup feature, put the camera on LIVE Mode and shoot.
For Shooting the star trails
1. Same as above.
2. 90 min exposure. Put the camera on bulb mode, set the intervalometer, for a 90 min exposure... and read a book while the camera does the work.
If there is ambient light, do not go beyond 10 min exposure. Set the intervalometer for 10 min exposure and 1sec interval, and let the camera take multiple pictures at 10 min exposures with a gap of 1 sec between pictures. In Post processing, the pictures can be stacked into 1 image.
3. ISO: The least possible ISO setting.
4. Same as above.
5. Same as above.
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