Orion appears in his winter element, over snowscapes on crisp January nights.
A couple of clear-ish winter nights this past weekend allowed me to capture that most iconic of constellations, Orion, over snowy landscapes close to home here in Alberta.
At top, he rises over the famous Hoodoos near East Coulee, Alberta in the Red Deer River valley. Clouds moving in on Sunday night, January 10, added the photogenic glows around the stars, emphasizing their colour and brilliance.
Here, from a shot on Saturday, January 9, Orion appears down the end of my rural country Range Road, with Sirius, his companion Dog Star, following at his heels above the treetops and in some haze.
If this looks cold, it was – at minus 25° C. Though two hours later it was only -15° C and by morning it was 0° C. Winter in Alberta!
Both images are short exposures, 10 to 15 seconds, at f/2 or f/2.8 with the wonderful Sigma 24mm Art lens and my new favourite camera, the Nikon D750 at ISO 3200. In both cases the ground is from a stack of several exposures to smooth noise but the sky is from a single exposure to minimize star trailing.
— Alan, January 10, 2016 / © 2016 Alan Dyer / www.amazingsky.com
2 Replies to “Orion over Snowscapes”
No wonder you call your postings ‘ The Amazing Sky’. Very impressive! Love your prairie roadway. I have spent time in Drumheller and been into the Badlands, but have not been to see these outstanding Hoodoos close to East Coulee. I look forward to your regular postings and am never disappointed. Thank you for the pleasure you give. Arlene Blair
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