Saturday, May 19, 2012

Abort! Feeling like a creep ends my long exposure mission

There were two abortions last night! (Is that the right way to say it??), my plans for a 2 hour time lapse sequence was aborted, and then I woke up to find the SpaceX Dragon launch was aborted at the last minute.

I have been wanting to take a star circle photo over the huge silos near my apartment complex, but there are no direct roads near the structure and I don't want to get caught trespassing. I scouted out a location on the south side of the apartment property, but there was a fence between me and the silos.

I had planned to leave my camera out until the batteries ran out, and I even taped a piece of cardboard from a Sprite box over the screen to cover the light so no one would find my camera in the dark.

At around 12:30am, I was adjusting my camera and noticed a man pacing in his apartment window. I had to abort the mission because I realized how creepy it would be to look out your window and see someone adjusting a camera on a tripod in the middle of the night. I felt like a huge creep! I need to find a public park, or roof top observatory, so I don't have to continue creeping around apartment buildings. Next time I think I'll return to campus, because I'm pretty sure it's the only open place that's considered public and open after dark.

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