Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Solstice - Happy New Year!!!

To the ancients the winter solstice marked the new year. The days are shortest and the nights are longest (in the northern hemisphere) and for the new six months the days will get longer and longer. This date also marks the position furthest south the sun will both rise and set. This a useful spot to mark if you are a landscape photographer because the position of the sun during magic hour is key for deciding when and where to shoot. Anyone that knows my work knows that I am big on using the sun as a compositional element. I am a fanatic about planning a shot for a time of year when the sun will be in a good position to balance the composition. These captures are not an accident of chance, they are well calculated. The above sunset is local, about 20 miles from home, taken yesterday. This is a shot I saw in my head last January when the sun set more to the right and didn’t really work. I thought it might be nice to find the exact spot on Dec 21st where my vantage point would have the sun setting directly in back of the Bayonne Bridge. The plane taking off from New Liberty Airport was a nice perk. Captured with a Nikon D300 @280mm with my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 + 1.4x TC. Happy real New Year!!!

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