More Geminids!

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It was a last-minute decision to set the camera up tonight (or should I actually say this morning!) and only because I saw quite a few bright slow-moving Meteors streaming across the skies.

As I didn’t have any plans, I decided to just stand in front of the camera for one of the shots. This photo is made up of a selection of photos from the camera taking a 15 sec exposure every 17 seconds for 45 minutes. As you can see, there were plenty of “Shooting Stars” coming across the skies tonight!

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Geminids 2018
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Geminid Shooting Stars

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After posting my Short Guide to Shooting the Geminid Meteors yesterday, I got out at midnight to try to capture some. Last night didn’t really give the show I was hoping for but still managed to capture some. I left the camera on a timelapse taking a shot every 20 seconds. I didn’t use all of the shots as the front of the lens ended up with some condensation forming, but I used 112 of them and merged them all together to give a star trail effect. There are 15 meteors in the shot, can you spot them all? As you can see, I got some headlights on the nearby IC1 too.

They will also be present tonight (and indeed for a few more nights), so it’s not too late if you want to try to capture some.

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Geminids Among the Star Trails
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My Drone Footage To Be Used In A New Portuguese Documentary

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You may remember a film I created back in the summer called “Consequência – Depois dos incêndios” showing the destruction caused by the Monchique Wildfires.

Last week I was contacted by a film company who is making a new documentary titled “Tudo é Paisagem” (“Everything is Landscape”) about the History of Landscape Architecture in Portugal. This has been commissioned by the Associação Portuguesa dos Arquitectos Paisagistas (Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects).

Yesterday we agreed terms and I have supplied various shots for inclusion in their documentary. As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited about this collaboration.

I will share more information at a later date, but for now if you haven’t watched my film from back in August you can view it below;

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Geminid Meteor Show To Peak Tonight & Tomorrow Night

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Every year in December we are treated to the Geminid Meteor Shower which is debris left over by the Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The peak here in the GMT Timezone (Portugal, UK & Ireland) is over the next 2 nights (December 13th and 14th) although will be visible for a few nights later.  The best viewing starts after midnight and will last until dawn, but can be seen as soon as it goes dark. For a more detailed look at the times in your own timezone, take a look at Time and Date’s Web Page. Of course, any cloudy skies may hamper the viewing.

The Geminids take their name from the constellation Gemini where they originate, however, can be seen anywhere in the sky. Obviously the darker the sky the more chance of spotting them. They are very slow-moving and can shine multiple colours. It has been known to witness up to 160 an hour! After sunset if watch between North and East you can’t go wrong.

Here are some photos I took in 2017 with some photography tips following below

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Geminids 2017
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Morning Dog Walk: Wally Splashing Around

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Now that the river is flowing normally, Wally is loving splashing around on his daily visit. Of course, I can’t refuse snapping a few pics. Even though he’ll be 2 years old in March, he often still looks like a Puppy!

I love the way the sun was lighting him side-on and especially like how the sun lit all the water droplets different colours.

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Wally Splashing Around In The River
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Frogs Are Noisy Today: Can’t Believe I Fell For It Again!

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The same thing happened last year and in my defence both times it was in the morning and I’d only had just one shot of Coffee.

I was walking Wally this morning and could hear the Iberian Water Frogs croaking. So I stopped to listen and the croaking stopped. Every time I started walking again they started croaking…………

….yes, it was my walking boots squeaking! Usually a sign they need re-treating.


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