This paragraph is here because otherwise this poor excuse for an editor continuously loses the setting for opening the photos in a separate window or tab. Aggravating that, and I still don’t see why I can’t have that as a general option (as it used to be), but instead have to set it for each photo . . . three times now.
That is a photo of yesterday evening’s planetary-moon alignment as taken with my phone and shared via e-mail.
Some might recall this video I shared earlier this week:
Of course, I did not just use the phone. I also got my trusty D7000 and proceeded to shoot the scene using both my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lenses.
There is a SmugMug gallery of all the photos HERE. I plan to take more photos between now and the end of the month, and they will be added to that gallery.
There are currently thirty (30) photos in the gallery, but really, there are only 10, with each photo shown in three versions: full color, partial color, and B&W. I’m not going to show all of them here, but if you see a photo in one format and wonder what it looks like in another, go to the gallery.
Here is the first photo, taken as soon as some clouds moved and I could clearly see all three objects.
I say this for all my posts, but I’ll repeat it here because some people might not be able to see Jupiter in the smaller format; you can click on the photo to open it in a new tab or window. If you do, you’ll get a version twice as large as the above.
By the way, this is what the same photo looks like in partial color . . .
. . . and the B&W processing I used for all the photos.
For the rest of the photos, I’ll choose only one version.
The landscape version allowed me to frame all of them while zooming in . . . but it’s not very interesting. Portrait orientation lends itself better for presenting the scene as I witnessed it.
Again, it was still twilight, and while my eyes easily resolved the individual points of lights, the above zoomed out photograph makes Jupiter difficult to see.
Zooming in a bit makes the scene easier to resolve.
These were shot hand-held, and hence only in a few of the photos are the planets clear spheroids of reflected lights. Also, as it got darker, I had to manually set the speed, ISO, and aperture.
Here’s another photo like the above with different settings.
Interestingly, if your screen is dusty, you might see more planets than are actually there.
I had two instances of a plane entering the picture. One I missed, but the other gave me these two photos.
By the time I took these, earthshine was becoming visible, no more than an imagined outline, but there for my eyes to see.
About then it occurred to me that I could both zoom in and get the entire scene if I shot three to five photos and stitched them to create vertical panoramas. All of the following are panoramas from multiple photos.
Soon, the sunset afterglow faded to a subdued azure . . . but I’m going to show you the B&W version because it clearly shows earthshine and the visage formed by the clouds and planets.
To me, and I have a vivid imagination, it looks as if the clouds and planets make up a visage of something trying to blow at the crescent moon.
The visage then took on vulpine features and this is a photo that merits being shown both in color and B&W. Note the more pronounced earthshine.
The last photo is still a vertical panorama but composed of three photos in landscape orientation.
Tonight, if it’s clear, I hope to get the other triangle (watch the video to see what I’m referring to).That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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