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With Jupiter, Venus and the Moon looming over the western San Francisco sky, I took 28 exposures of about 300 seconds each beginning at sunset (6:35 PM) and ending after all three bodies had set beyond the western horizon (8:51 PM). I've read that this alignment is known as the Jupiter-Venus conjunction.

Before I took the first long exposure, I made sure to do a quick capture of the sky to show how it looked without trails. Stacking these photos created an interesting result: the beautiful orange sunset which I took early on (and was in the first 4 photos) ended up dominating, creating this unique result that looks as if the stars were rising (left to right) rather than setting (right to left). I also had a few hiccups along the way including having to replace my battery which is visible about 3/4 of the way down the star trail.

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  1. Alberto Donà 66 months ago | reply

    Amazing Californian shot!!!
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  2. Dirk65 66 months ago | reply

    Ecellent. :-) Fantastic colours and point of view :-)

  3. Sp-Photography 66 months ago | reply

    that is just insane!!! nothing like it!!!

    what gave you the idea to do that?!

  4. ohad* 66 months ago | reply

    My wife called me to the window to see the beautiful sunset. I then noticed the moon and the planets and figured it would create a neat effect.

  5. Leon Sammartino 66 months ago | reply

    Perfect expsoure, very nice indeed

  6. RichGreenePhotography.com 66 months ago | reply

    This is really cool -- great job stacking these exposures -- especially when having to replace a battery as well.

  7. exxonvaldez 66 months ago | reply

    Very nice. How'd you manage to frame the shot -- did you know where they were going to set?

  8. ohad* 66 months ago | reply

    Yes, I knew where they were going to set. I tried doing the same thing the previous night too and it didn't work as well.

  9. azem 66 months ago | reply

    totally beautiful... well done !! - here is my shot :)

    Dance in the Sky

  10. Natu®e // 66 months ago | reply

    Great work, man!

  11. AGrinberg 65 months ago | reply

    This is fantastic - one of the more interesting shots of the conjunction.

    Thanks for the explanation of the battery gap - very cool touch.

    Piering into Space

  12. exxonvaldez 64 months ago | reply

    Was thinking of your shot when I made this:

  13. km6xo 57 months ago | reply

    Nice photograph.

    John...

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