Chasing the Draconids

The Draconid meteor shower in October 2011 was the first meteor shower I ever thought of hunting down with the specific aim of photographing. With my previous DSLR bodies, the Canon 20D and 30D, I found high ISO performance to be quite wanting; usable results at ISO1600 with short exposures were the most I’d generally go and only when the shot absolutely required it. Going to the full frame sensor of the Canon 5D mk II, I was getting usable results at 30″ @ ISO3200 with NR in post, so it opened up a lot of possibilities in regard to skywatching and night landscapes.

This sleepless night session was out west at Lake Wivenhoe as well, tagging along with photographer mates Alex MacKenzie and KC Weir. No fixed location in mind, it was a bit of a reconnaissance mission. The first couple of spots on the plan were closed off, but that turned out to be for the better as the next couple of locations were gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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