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Re: [NewOrleansPhotographers] Meetup details changed: Outdoor Lighting and Portraiture

From: Olga
Sent on: Sunday, October 21, 2012 6:31 PM
I try to see the meteors and I get out to a dark place outside town. Yes I saw a few shooting stars, but nothing more. You can see shooting stars any day provided there are no clouds and the place is dark. So showers.

From: richard r vallon jr <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, October 21,[masked]:16 PM
Subject: Re: [NewOrleansPhotographers] Meetup details changed: Outdoor Lighting and Portraiture

Dear Heidi-

Usually the meteors are quite faint- this means getting some place where it is very very dark.
Anywhere near a city is generally bad- so the quickest way from NOLA to get to true darkness is to head north...

I had to go up to Arcola which is North of Hammond and drove into the countryside
and found a place where they had cleared land for a new subdivision- this way there was driving access - and yet we had a clear view of
a large swath of sky. I avoided areas with street lights. etc...

Typically the meteors show up as small streaks which pass quickly across the sky- near the zenith-
- and these streaks are quite thin lines.
IF you are really lucky you may see something larger- or one break up or give off a color cast such as green...
but typically most are just thin fast streaks...

here are some instructions from Steve's digicams...

I would also like to say that using a tripod and setting the lens on the infinity symbol does not give you sharp results at infinty.
I would look through the lens and tape it at infinity by focusing on some distant objects in the daytime- or mark the lens and make sure to bring a
flashlight to see where infinity lines up.
when I shoot Fireworks I often set the ƒ-stop at 16 or even 22- but to record the meteors you will need to be at
iSO 400 and ƒ5.6 or 4.
I would use the lens set at 18-24mm to make sure I am covering a wide enough swath of the sky to capture the streaks.
Set the camera for 30 seconds and simply keep shooting. So bring lots of memory cards- 99% of which you can toss after you get home- and at least a
few batteries - and coffee to stay up late.

A pair of binoculars and an old telescope and perhaps a Carl Sagan book in case the cops wander by and want to know what you are doing.
A bible on the dash may help in some more conservative areas...

Sincerely, Richard Vallon Jr.

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