It was 1:38am and we were in the middle of nowhere and I was just wondering "Where in the hell is that meteor shower?". Was galaxy also in a drought, too? I had been told about this meteor shower by someone on Facebook, but I did not think that I would make it, but who would've have thought that other people heard about: I mean it was only on the news for a few days. The day of, on Instagram, a couple of people were asking who was going, and while everyone was talking I just said "Someone pick me up!", but everyone's car space was full. I didn't wanna go anyways, just kidding, I did, and you know what, the universe has a funny way of doing things. My boy, David, ask if I wanted to go, although exhausted from going to work, going to Berkeley to pick up a new lens, and coming home to edit the event I had on Saturday: my brain said, "HELL YEA!" and the journey began. I got picked up at around 11:00ish and we headed to a park, that I have no idea what it was called because I was just excited about going to see a meteor shower for the first time. The only thing I knew going to where we were going is that it was next to Morgan Hill. On the way to the top, we almost hit Bambi, like the deer came out of nowhere and everyone in the car screamed. What I took notice of was that fog was coming over the city, and I contemplated the factor that it might ruin the night, but, we had to to keep on going. On the way to the top we spotted quite a few people already set up with their blankets and tripods trying to get lucky with those meteor showers. The hype was getting real as we got closer to the top, and when we finally got to the top all I could do is look up: I had seen more stars than this before, however, since I do live in the city and don't get to see too many stars like this all the time, it is always a treat, the trillion of stars in the universe makes me feel like all my problems are nothing. The parking lot we were in wasn't the top, so we went on and decided to climb even higher! The climb was not too bad, but the fact that we had our flashlights and we ruined some people's exposures, we were "those people", but as we finally found a spot the only thing to do was set up. Where we originally set up was not high enough for me, so I went by myself to a higher elevation. Everyone saw a few meteors on the way there, some of them were huge, others left small streaks, and others were too small to catch with the camera. As I settled down where I would be the rest of the night, David came up to set up his time lapse (lapce? lap-C?: Idk how to spell it and autocorrect is not working.). What he did was take 30 second exposure over a period of 30 minutes and then he would process it to make a video where you would see constant change. I just sat there trying to get the shot, one of the hardest thing during astrophotography is finding the focus, it's super dark (DUHH) and the stars don't show up to well on my screen, so trying to get the image can prove to be difficult, but when the shot gets taken it feels awesome. Like I said, the fog was rolling in and what I thought was going to be a curse was actually a gift! My friend Karl the Fog decided to pay us a visit during the Shower and that's where you get the main picture at the top. Although there weren't too main meteors, seeing the fog come in and consume the city slowly was astonishing, it was like a little blanket rolling over the city to put it to sleep. I just watched it consume the city lights and it was something else, never have I ever looked at something with such detail. The night continued, and well, it was worth it, although tired the universe just refueled me for the time that I was seeing that Meteor Shower, or Meteor Drought. We headed back at around 2am and the drive home was chill and as I got home all I wondered was "what's next?"
I guess what I want to say overall is take the chance! You never know what will happen and consider your struggles and your misfortunes a blessings: like the fog. I've seen a struggle for so long as something bad, but in reality that's what make us the people we are today.
I hope you enjoyed the writing! Let me know what y'all think. I been mainly editing portraits of an event I took, which I can't wait to share, but I'm trying to make them perfect before I show them to anyone. Also, I'm looking at prints again: I think I'm finally ready for the leap: I'll be posting the details soon! Enjoy the rest of the images.