Sky high

I try to keep an eye on the sky.

(Wow! Listen to those rhymes!)

No ... but seriously ... what happens up there can make or break a photograph.

For a long time I'd been meaning to photograph the Ch√Ęteau de Chillon, one of the great historic buildings in this region. But most of the angles had already been done to death. There are only so many different photos you can take of a castle on the lake.

Then my astronomical sources told me that, one evening in May last year, the crescent Moon and the planet Venus would be low in the sky, in pretty much the right direction. So I packed my gear and was lucky. The sky remained clear ...

For the next two weeks the planet Mercury will be visible in the West, shortly after sunset. But tomorrow night (Tuesday 6th May) will better than the others. If the sky is clear you will see a beautiful and eye-catching pair - Mercury and the crescent Moon close together.

Mercury is less photogenic than Venus, being much less bright. But, as it is the closest planet to the sun we don't get to see it very often. You will be able to spot Mercury a little below and to the west of the Moon. There is a sky map here.

I don't know if I'll be photographing. But I'll certainly be looking.

Keep an eye on the sky.

1 comment:

John Griffin said...

what a great post and idea to make a unique shot. i like the way you thought about it bf you took it. would you ever be interested in writing a guest post on my blog about the preparation that you do before you go on a shoot. i'd be interested to learn and so would my readers I bet. great stuff. john