Happy Equinox!

By: Alan Dyer

Sep 23 2011

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Category: Atmospheric Phenomena, Solar System

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Focal Length:200mm
Shutter:1/125 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D


This is a shot I’ve been after for several years, usually from this same location, looking west toward the setting Sun.

This is sunset at the autumnal equinox, with the Sun going down due west, something it does only at the two equinoxes. September’s usually the one with clear skies, as it was this night, Sept 23, 2011. Except for some annoying clouds at the horizon over the Rockies to the west. I was hoping for a clear shot of the Sun right at sunset at the end of Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway. But it’s close. Better luck next year!

After today, the Sun will be setting south of west, and the days will become shorter than the nights.

This is a 6-image HDR stack to capture both the bright and dark parts of the scene. It worked, but Photoshop refused to properly remove the “ghosts” — images from cars moving from shot to shot. But if I hadn’t told you about it, you might not have noticed!

— Alan, September 23, 2011 / Image © 2011 Alan Dyer


One comment on “Happy Equinox!”

  1. Is there anyway I can have you look at some of my pictures of the sunset? I was catching them in the middle of the night and I got one the other day maybe the 23rd, I really enjoy yours a lot. Keep them coming please! Even if it was exactly the way you wanted and I wouldn’t of noticed the ghosts until you mentioned it is cool to see from somewhere else! Thank you!

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