Horn Pond Sunset with crescent Moon, Venus and a very faint Saturn

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (10)

Frank_Ryan_Jr on June 19, 2007

Wow! That is fantastic! Can you give the exact time and date you took this? I should be able to work out what planets you captured (its definatly Venus to the right and probably Saturn to the left) You also caught a nice effect known as 'earthshine' The moon (obviously enough) doesnt emit light (as the sun does) so the dark section is actually being lit by reflected sunlight off the Earth. If you take a zoom shot of the moon like this and play around with exposures you can get quite a bit of detail on the Moons surface. (although the part of the Moon in phase will be overexposed but it still adds a nice effect) Well done again!

kamalyn on August 4, 2007

Thanks!!! These were taken June 18, around 9 pm (eastern daylight time)in Massachusetts US. There was actually an alignment of Venus-Moon-Saturn- and the star Regulus (right to left.) But the upper two are VERY light, so can only be seen in the 'Original Size' version.

Erwin Woenckhaus on September 20, 2007

Hello Kamaly:

I have nominated three of your pictures for the elections. Please take a look!

Greetings from Chile.

kamalyn on September 20, 2007

Thank-you very much for the honor, Erwin! And congratulations on the many photos of your own that have been nominated. They are very worthy! Greetings from the US!

someGuyinmasset on November 14, 2008

Beautiful shot Kamaly. DeliCious.

kamalyn on November 15, 2008

Thanks, Guy!!! And especially for the first comments on this in over a year! The poor sibling of the alignment shot to the left arrow (that's actually been zooming up the view charts lately) so this one never gets any attention at all. :)

whoelius on March 27, 2009


kamalyn on March 27, 2009

and LOL, there was one behind me at the time, too! ;) (a now-departed car, lol)

Thanks whoelius! These two night shots (this and the darker one where the alignment shows) were a real surprise to me. The night before I'd noticed how close the crescent moon was to Venus while driving home from a week-end trip, but it clouded over before I could stop. So the next evening I intentionally went somewhere that I could see the two of them to try some night shots. I had NO idea there was an alignment like there was.

Jean Gregory Evans on August 12, 2009

Gorgeous! You must be out kayaking again, you are so lucky. Marvelous photo! I'm really tempted to give this a Best of vote. Yep. Did.


kamalyn on August 19, 2009

Thanks Rob! I like this one better as a photo, too. Plus, all four objects are visible in this as well if one really looks. But the lake is very real here. An all too common subject in my photos. But this was taken from a bench along the bank of the lake - a great and peaceful ending for any day.

Thanks for that BoP Jean ! The photo appreciates it, since its darker brother gets most of the attention (and is one of the first GE shots visible in Massachusetts, along with the swan.) Not kayaking here, though. This is just from the little strip between the busy street and the lake.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 19, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by kamalyn
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
    • Taken on 2007/06/18 20:59:18
    • Exposure: 1.000s
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • Exposure Bias: 1.00 EV
    • No flash