August 23, 2010  |  Video

Shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 20mm f/1.8 lens – 400+ shots @ 20mm f/2.0 ISO3200 30s

I can honestly not believe the amount of views this video got because for me it was a huge disappointment.  I drove out to Anza-Borrega Desert State Park with a pretty specific vision in my head.  I wanted to capture as many meterors as I could and create a time lapse of them.  The sky was going to be dark and ABD SP was listed as one of the top spots to watch the shower so on the peak of the Perseids, I headed out and maneuvered my Civic past 4 miles of sand to get to Font’s point.  Immediately, I realized this wasn’t the ideal place to be.  To the east, I saw a low looming layer of smog or pollution rolling in and city lights in the distance.  It was going to be a challenge but as I began to shoot my timelapse and chimp on the rear LCD, I realized I had a much bigger problem–air traffic.  The amount of planes were ridiculous; at times there would be 4-5 in the sky at once. :fu:  At this point I was tempted to turn around, hike back down to the car and go home until I got the call from my friend, Joe, who was planning to meet me up at Font’s Point.  His truck was stuck only a couple hundred yards from the entrance.

At this point it was already completely dark and my fear of getting stuck in sand 4 miles from the road were definitely creeping in so I kept shooting with my camera hoping to at least piece something together.  This is what I came up with.  The only saving grace is that I was able to witness some of the shower with my own eyes, even if I didn’t capture many on camera and I did make it out of the sand alright.  Heres for hoping the Leonids in November are better! :nocry:

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