Mount Shasta Meteor. On the way home from Sonyโs Kando 3.0 Trip, I could not resist trying out a few techniques that I picked up from Rachel Ross (@rachel_jones_ross) and Caroline Jensen (@carolinej). At the Sunriver, Oregon event, I attended Rachelโs class on how she processes her night images and I chatted with Caroline about cinemagraphs.
We stopped in Mount Shasta, California on our drive home. I scouted out a spot to try a night photograph of Mount Shasta. I was hoping to get the Milky Way above it. I checked my PhotoPills app to see when the Moon would rise. Unfortunately, from my location the Moon would not be rising behind the mountain. The Milky Way was also not an option over Mount Shasta from that location and by the time it peaked there would be too much light from the Moonrise.
I setup for the shot and there was a lot of ambient light. Even though Mount Shasta is a small town there was quite a bit of light pollution. I now understand why night photographers seek dark skies.
There were meteor showers, but I was not sure I would be able to capture any of them. Much to my surprise the Sony cameraโs sensor saw them. This is the most dramatic of them.
My gear was a Sony A7R2 with the FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens on a Benro field tripod. I shot on Manual wide-open at f/1.8 with an exposure times varied between five and six seconds. The other variable was my ISO that went as high as 6400.
In processing the images for this cinemagraph in Adobe Camera Raw I balanced out the exposures as close as possible.mountshasta meteorshower cinemagraph bealpha sonyalpha sonykandotrip