Photo of the Week for March 13, 2015
The February 20 twilight gathering of Venus, Mars, and the earthlit crescent Moon was a spectacular sight, but for Kitimat, British Columbia, photographer Ralph Reschke, it was rendered even more amazing with the addition of the International Space Station (ISS). Reschke had the good fortune to be shooting the conjunction when the ISS (the short streak above and to the right of the Moon) passed through the camera’s field of view. But the ISS pass wasn’t the only element of good timing that made this shot possible. As he notes, “It was a rare clear evening — only two weeks earlier Kitimat received nearly six feet of snow in 48 hours!”
Reschke made this 1-second exposure at f/5 and ISO 800 with a tripod-mounted Canon PowerShot SX240 camera.