Hey Danny and all,
I got out to see the Geminids also Dan. This weather is driving me nuts. The good thing is, I didn't listen to the weather reports that said it would be cloudy. I kept seeing holes around midnight and Accuweather radar showed that the clouds would be moving out. We were right on the edge. I tend to trust radar more than the Clear Sky Clock. It's a birds-eye view of what's going on around you and you can animate it to see which direction the clouds are moving.
Anyway, my goal was to get a photo of a meteor or two, of course, rather than an accurate count. I set up the tripod with my trusty Sony DSC-F707 set it at 10 second exposures at f/2. Chances would be better at 30 seconds under a pristine sky. As it was, anything over 10 seconds overexposed with the light pollution. At 12 to 12:30 big holes would open up showing all of Orion, then at times Leo and Saturn appeared and then the zenith with Gemini, Auriga, Perseus etc.
Like I was target practicing with a shotgun, I would shoot at these holes as they appeared. Slowly, the whole sky opened up after 1 a.m.
While the 10 second timer kicked away I got to scan the sky visually and always saw a meteor during this time. Intermittantly, a beautiful fireball over my shoulder, then three lesser ones, one after the other. One -4 fireball alongside Orion, about 25 degrees long. Short bright meteors near the radiant at the zenith. All this, it figures, out of my camera's field!
The bottom line is, no meteor photos in my camera memory but great meteor images in my physical memory. The shower was great! From about 1:45 to 2:10, I'm not shy to guess 60 to 80 and hour. I'll go out on a limb and say if it were drier air and not 3.5 mag. seeing and if I observed in a lounge chair, there may have been over 100 per hour. I missed a lot operating the camera. At one point, my barn, 300 feet away, disappeared in an eerie creeping fog! Thankfully, it returned by 2:30 when the count dropped considerably and I packed it in for the session.
Conclusions: Well worth the effort. I'm going to pass my orange cast sodium vapor illuminated fog photos off as aurora pics. Who'll know the difference?!