The planet Venus is now nearly at its brightest for this morning apparition. It’s impossible to miss now in the east before dawn. Mike Taylor in Maine captured this photo of Venus and the Milky Way at 5 a.m. on February 4. He wrote:
The core section of the Milky Way makes its slow rise above the horizon during this time of year in central Maine accompanied by a VERY bright Venus below it. This is one frame from a time lapse with the foreground lit by a passing car. The 7 degree temperature didn’t stop me from going out to shoot from 4-5:30 this morning to kick off the 2014 Milky Way Photography Season. Welcome back Oh Mistress Of The Dark!
Here’s the technical info:
Nikon D600 & 14-24mm @ 14mm
f/2.8 – 30 secs – ISO 2000 – WB Kelvin 3570
02/04/14 – 5:18 AM
Processed through Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CS5
Thank you Mike!
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