Venus Through Natural Arch, With Moon

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Looking west about an hour after sunset in the southern California desert. A nearly-first-quarter moon rides high above evening twilight, and a scattering of stars have appeared. By positioning my tripod in exactly the right spot, I was able to capture the planet Venus shining through a small natural arch in the canyon wall!

Date: December 27, 2003
Time: 5:28pm PST
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 12 seconds
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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Revised: May 21, 2004
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