Bridging Earth and Sky (Off to Venus and Jupiter)

By: Alan Dyer

Mar 11 2012

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Category: Nightscape, Solar System, Tips and Techniques

1 Comment

Aperture:f/4
Focal Length:22mm
ISO:800
Shutter:30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

This was the scene Sunday night, March 11, as Venus edged up to Jupiter in the evening twilight.

To capture the nightscape I hunted around for a spot along the Bow River near home and settled for a site on the banks of the river at the point called Blackfoot Crossing, the traditional heart of the Siksika First Nation land. Here, the Bow River runs north-south for a stretch and the highway crosses the river heading west into the evening twilight, as if off into the sky to meet Venus and Jupiter in conjunction.

I waited until a passing car added the streak of tail lights, heading off into the sunset and starry sky. Nightscapes like this are often best taken when the sky is fairly dark but a longer exposure still brings out the remaining colours of twilight, as well as fainter stars, to make an image enhanced from what the eye might have seen.

— Alan, March 11, 2012 / © 2012 Alan Dyer

 

One comment on “Bridging Earth and Sky (Off to Venus and Jupiter)”

  1. Beautiful shot, Alan. Those purple clouds you ordered arrived just in time!
    Terry


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