I was lucky enough to run into my wonderful friend, Kate. She showed off her new poster from the merch booth.
I think I need to start getting better at taking my own advice and allow for some personal time. I’ve been throwing myself into my school and magazine work so much that was forgetting that I’m allowed to enjoy myself every now and again. Fortunately, I’ve awesome people like my friend, Lucy, who messaged me late the other night asking if I wanted to check out a live performance of one our favorite audio series, Welcome to Night Vale.
A night of getting out of the house with a friend, and seeing some of my favorite actors performing exclusive material was exactly the pick-me up I needed. I’ve been feeling more relaxed, and more importantly, more productive for a while now. I’ll have to make it a point make mental health more of a priority. Maybe I’ll even make more time for blogging again.
I figured that this week’s meteor shower is as good a time as any to make a stab at doing a proper shoot of the night sky. Karen has been asking for some, and with the camera upgrade, I didn’t have an excuse not to drag out my tripod for some stellar shooting.
Getting the technical specifics right was a little tricky at first. Focusing was difficult since autofocus was useless and I couldn’t make out the stars enough to manually focus properly, so I had to resort to trial and error to get as close as I could. And as much as I was looking forward to using my phone as a remote via the D7200’s wireless connection, connecting the two was finicky enough that I spend as much time rubbing my phone on my camera to get the NFC to connect as I did actually shooting. Fortunately, I was able to just kick back and enjoy the evening once all the settings were where they needed to be.
In fact, firing off the occasional exposure from my phone, as I stared up at the stars was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in recent memory. I’m usually working on at least two things simultaneously at any given hour of the day until I just pass out late at night. And for all my love of science and astronomy, I’ve spent so much more time listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson talk about the stars than I have actually looking at them. But sitting out there in the cool, August air with nothing for company but my camera and the stars was a peaceful feeling I had almost completely forgotten.
I have awful luck with shooting astronomical events. Clouds, location, being forced into unconsciousness by a sinister virus, you name it. I guess I had better luck with tonight’s harvest moon. But, I was lucky enough to have a clear evening for tonight’s harvest moon.I know this shot’s nothing special, but I’ll probably use it for future photoshop projects.
Hopefully, I will have some luck with the next week’s predicted “secret moon,” followed by the “blinking moon” and eventual “noisy moon.”
(If you didn’t get that last reference, go do yourself a favor and download a podcast called Welcome to Nightvale. You’ll thank me. I promise.)