Saturday, 14 July 2012

Early Morning Sky with Fog

I have been wanting to take this shot for a little while, but it's tricky to find the right day in among work, weather conditions and other things which get in the way. Now that I have it I really like the result, love the range of colours and surreal feel.

Early morning fog with planets and stars
In the above photograph you can see (left to right) the following:
  • Pleiades (star cluster)
  • Jupiter (planet)
  • Venus (planet)
  • Constellation of Taurus (Venus is in among this)
  • Constellation of Orion (also called the Saucepan down here in the southern hemisphere)
  • Rigel (bright star part of Orion, above the saucepan)
  • Sirius (also known as the Dog Star as it sits within the Canis Major constellation)
  • Canopus (bright star on the far top right)
The photograph is taken looking over a valley in the Darling Range (hills east of Perth, Western Australia) at about an hour before sunrise. In the valley beneath is Mundaring Weir and the glow of light coming through the fog from early morning construction workers building a new water treatment plant and associated equipment at the base of the weir. The light visible is a street light near a road running through the valley. The sun is just starting to rise, as seen by the subtle glow on the horizon.

I particularly like the combination of sky colours (blue to red) and the sharp silhouettes of this photograph.

The photograph is available for purchase upon request, as rolled print, canvas or aluminium mounted print (high quality, individually signed) in sizes:
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    • Aluminium: $349
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[Edit: I have edited the original photo to remove a distracting streetlight and panoramic stitch artefact]

Here is a second photograph from the same morning, a little bit later. The fog has changed position, starting to rise.
Pleiades, Jupiter and Venus over early morning fog

This second photograph doesn't include Orion and other aspects of the first but gives you a closer up view of the Pleiades, Jupiter and Venus.


  1. I like that shot, the way it covers alot of the sky and the fog too.

    1. Thank you for your reply Tony. I'm not sure how I missed it back in July, but thank you for your feedback. I love this shot, particularly the colour and fog.

  2. Great shot. Love the tone and contrast.

    1. Thank you Sarum, apologies for not replying earlier I some how missed the comments on this post. I came back to look at these images today remembering how great the colours were.