I had an event to go to in Georgetown, TX on Sunday October 27th so I decided to take Libby on the 200 mile trek on Saturday and simply book a camping spot for the night. A $24 camping spot at Cedar Breaks Park right on Lake Georgetown sure does beat a $120 hotel room! I just pulled up, plugged in and popped Libby’s top! Wait. Wut?
Photo Info:Canon EOS-5D Mark II : Canon 15 f/2.8 Fisheye : 6 Sec : f/2.8 : 100 ISO : 15mm : Manual Mode : 0 Bias : No FlashClick on the image for larger view…
It was October and still pretty hot out so I made sure to pack along my trusty 110v AC window unit in order to keep me cool at night. You can see it set up on the luggage rack on top of the van then attached to the front tent window via a custom cut plastic tarp duct. That’s how we camp in Texas! lol. I made the plastic tarp duct from a standard blue Home Depot style tarp and have been fine tuning it during the past few camping trips. Once I get the layout finalized I’ll use this one as a template in order to make a much better looking air duct.
I decided to stay out a bit late and take some photos before a big stormed rolled in for the night. I had to take the cliche “Me and Libby” photo of course but I also wanted to try my hand at photographing The Milky Way. I had never done this before so it was completely new to me. I downloaded a star finder map for my cell phone and located where in the night sky The Milky Way should be. Setup my camera and shot.
Photo Info:Canon EOS-5D Mark II : Canon 15 f/2.8 Fisheye : 30 Sec : f/2.8 : 1000 ISO : 15mm : Manual Mode : 0 Bias : No FlashClick on the image for larger view…
If you look at the tree kind of just to the right of the center of the above photo then look above it you can faintly make out a large dense cluster in the night sky. That my friends is The Milky Way! Success! Well sort of. Ha! My camping spot was right near a few large sodium street lights which polluted my photo quite a bit so it’s not perfect BUT I consider it a success for my first try ever.
Next time I need to find a great spot with NO LIGHT POLLUTION at all give this a try again. What’s cool is you can’t see The Milky Way with your naked eye so I had to set up the camera and take a shot then I could see it in the preview of the final image on the camera’s LCD screen.
Cedar Breaks Park was a very cool campground which was right on the lake. I was at Camp Site 021 which backs right up to the lake so I had a perfect night time view of the lightning dancing in the clouds on the horizon. The bath house was ehhh. Left a bit to be desired but it did do the job. I just wasn’t too impressed. Other camp grounds I’ve stayed at have had way better facilities. Would I go back? Yes. I would.
All in all… Not only did I only have to spend $24 for a place to sleep but I had a great night shooting photos right outside my mobile bedroom. Ha!
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