Monday, 26 March 2012

What a spectacular evening of photography!

Well, that was a fantastic evening. Jupiter, The Moon and Venus put on a great show in the north-western sky. Not only that, but Pleiades (Seven Sisters) and Orion!

I spent the evening in the peaceful surrounds of a nearby lake where I was joined by some friendly coots, ducks and frogs. The air was still, slightly cool, the water flat and calm almost like glass. A very pleasant way to photograph the celestial objects setting as they slowly moved across the sky.

First, one of my friends for the evening, a coot looking for dinner just one metre from tripod...


Then the sun started to go down and twilight colours take over, with such a wonderful bronze colour coming over the lake and as the twilight took over, such subtle tones...


By this stage Jupiter, the crescent Moon and Venus were clearly visible in the north-western sky putting on a great show over the lake to the north, again with such nice colours (and don't forget the coot!):


I haven't had enough time yet to process the more "astronomy" themed photographs from the evening, but this is the first of two quick shots to give a feel, this is the Pleiades (right) joining Jupiter, Moon and Venus (left to right) with silhouettes and wonderful reflections in the still lake...


And lastly, one from near the end of the evening, just as Jupiter started to touch the distant shoreline and western horizon. Now not only were Jupiter, Moon and Venus reflecting in the lake and joined by Pleiades but also the constellation of Orion...


Such a relaxing way to spend an evening. I'm looking forward to working on these photographs some more to bring out the atmosphere of the night best I can.

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