Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Perseid Meteors over Hawkridge Reservoir Somerset

I know we have this blog set up for our Wedding and Portrait Photography but with all the hype surrounding the Perseid Meteors this year Emily (even though she's full-term now and ready to pop any moment!) and I went out meteor hunting.  Living in the countryside has its blessings. 10 minutes after leaving our home we were out of Bridgwater leaving the bright lights behind us. With the sunroof open Emily started spotting meteors almost instantly!  We wanted to head to Wimbleball lake as knowing it's a National Dark Sky site we knew it would be perfect but being so close to the due-date meant we didn't fancy being in the middle of Exmoor at 1am giving birth! We opted to head towards Hawkridge Reservoir instead. The site wasn't as dark as I had hoped with a lot of light pollution spilling in from Bridgwater still but it's not a bad effort for my first Astrophotography session. Photographs taken with a Canon 5dm2, Canon L-Series 24-105mm f/4 IS and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM on a Manfrotto tripod.

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