Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
2 Likes  #1
Gibraltar Rock: Sunset, Comet and Zodiacal Light
Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Gibraltar Rock, Wisconsin 
Posted By: krp, 03-17-2013, 08:37 PM

In between the lousy weather we've been having this past week, there was one beautiful day on the 13th. I had been seeing lots of cool pictures of Comet Panstarrs and I wanted to get some of my own. I decided since I had the day off I would drive up to a place I went last October called Gibraltar Rock in Lodi, Wisconsin. It is a 400 foot bluff with steep cliffs over 2 hours away. It's an amazing place that I think few people know about, I haven't seen anyone else there either time. But since the view faces west, I knew it would be ideal for shooting the comet. I also just bought a K-5 a couple weeks ago, so I was excited to use it for the first time. As many of you know, the K-5 excels in high iso shots of the night sky. I got there in time to shoot the sunset and the soft golden light it cast on the cliffs. About 30 minutes after sunset, the comet became visible. I saw it in 10x50 binoculars, but couldn't make it out naked eye. It was 10 degrees under the crescent moon, making it a little easier to find. After shooting the comet and making a short time lapse of it setting, astronomical twilight ended which means it was completely dark. Except for a faint band of light extending up from the horizon along the ecliptic known as the zodiacal light. This was the first time I've seen it, the sky was just barely dark enough. For more info about the zodiacal light and how to see it, go here: Earth Sky
It was a long day and kind of cold, but worth it.



















Time Lapse Video







There are a few more photos from the day on Flickr.
Views: 1,021
03-17-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
Pentaxian
johnyates's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,282
Well done. I liked the time-lapse.
03-17-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
Veteran Member




Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posts: 446
Looks like Gilbraltar Rock is an excellent place to take star trails. The vista is beautiful.
03-18-2013, 05:15 AM   #4
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
daacon's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Alberta,Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 20,837
Most excellent series - well worth the trip. I love your night sky shots.

03-18-2013, 05:22 AM   #5
Veteran Member
tessfully's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: S. Algonquin, Ontario
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,859
Wonderful series...I loved each image very much. What a gorgeous spot. Thank you for sharing.
03-18-2013, 05:33 AM   #6
Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
dadipentak's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 11,291
Splendid!
03-18-2013, 06:48 AM   #7
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Sailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Coastal Texas
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 21,617
QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Splendid!
X2.

Jer
03-18-2013, 09:20 AM   #8
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
slowpez's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: South Carolina, USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 18,077
QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Splendid!
X3 for sure.

03-18-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
Veteran Member
fotogaffer's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 716
Wow, I love these shots. I've been anxious to try to get out to shoot the comet, but the weather has not been cooperating. You did well and have some beautiful photos here.
03-18-2013, 09:41 PM   #10
krp
Veteran Member
krp's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Illinois
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 470
Original Poster
Thanks for the kinds words everyone. I'm hoping to catch a view of the comet again later this week.

QuoteOriginally posted by jnguyen Quote
Looks like Gilbraltar Rock is an excellent place to take star trails. The vista is beautiful.
Ya, it would have been a great place for star trails. I kind of regret not staying longer for that.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, comet, day, flickr, gibraltar, light, photo, rock, sky, sunset, time
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Landscape Sunset Rock Pools tomw95 Photo Critique 2 04-29-2012 09:15 PM
Low Light? How about Zodiacal Light? KansasHorizons.com Pentax K-5 31 03-03-2011 03:23 PM
Landscape Back Beach - keyhole rock at sunset twitch Post Your Photos! 18 01-10-2011 08:54 AM
Landscape Red Rock Winter Sunset SMPhoto Post Your Photos! 3 01-07-2011 11:34 AM
light trails and sunset pasih Post Your Photos! 9 07-17-2008 08:37 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:35 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top