With extra points to ingenuity and inventiveness, Warren Finlay’s picture of “The Hand of Adam” pointing at Saturn-Jupiter nearing conjunction won Photo of the Week on December 25, 2020.
Shooting from his backyard in Sherwood Park, Alberta, on December 16, 2020, Finlay said he carved the ice sculpture in the foreground.
“The hand is based on Rodin’s Adam and was carved from a single block of 11-inch thick lake ice,” he wrote.
Finlay used a Canon 6D camera with a EF24 70mm lens at 47mm and f/22. He exposed the image for 10 seconds.
Our close runner-up this week was Shakeel Anwar’s detailed HDR composite of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction.
Shooting from Mississauga, Ontario, on December 18, 2020, Anwar used a Canon 6D on an 8-inch Meade SCT (f/10). He said he took four different exposures, keying in on the planets and the moons separately.
“Five Saturnian moons and four Jovian moons are visible,” he wrote. “Cloud belts and the Great Red Spot can also be seen on Jupiter.”
Prizes for the 2020-21 SkyNews Photo of the Week contest are sponsored by Sky-Watcher, Celestron, iOptron and The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Click here for more details on the prize packages that will be awarded to the best photos this year.