Night Photos-Planets

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Venus and Pink Beds in Fog-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Venus shines in the sunrise sky above the Pink Beds in Pisgah National Forest. View is from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 2 seconds, f/22, ISO 200.

Jupiter-Orion-Pleiades-Blue Ridge Parkway

Jupiter, Orion, and the Pleiades shine in the early-morning sky above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 25 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

The Big Dipper and Venus shine above Mount Pisgah in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 800.

Venus and Foggy Mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Venus shines in the twilight sky over Foggy Mountains in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/5 second, f/8, ISO 400.

Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

The Big Dipper and Venus shine in the twilight sky in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 25 seconds, f/4, ISO 2500.

Big Dipper-Venus-Satellite-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Venus, the Big Dipper, and an unidentified satellite shine in the twilight sky in this view from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, f/4, ISO 800. This is a stack of six 13-second exposures, which was needed to capture all of the satellite streak.

Orionid Meteor-Big Dipper-Venus-Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

An Orionid Meteor, the Big Dipper, and Venus shine above the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Jupiter and clouds in night sky

Jupiter shines through the clouds above my house in western North Carolina. Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, f/4, 20 seconds, ISO 1600.

Venus, Jupiter, and the Pleiades

Venus, Jupiter, and the Pleiades shine in the early dawn twilight sky above Fontana Lake. The Great Smoky Mountains are across the lake. Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, f/4, 25 seconds, ISO 1600.

Venus in the dawn twilight

Venus shines in the dawn twilight sky in eastern North Carolina. Nikon D2X, Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, f/16, 3 seconds, ISO 200.

Venus and the crescent moon

Venus and the crescent moon shine in a dawn twilight sky along the North Carolina coastline. Nikon D700, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, f/20, 4 seconds, ISO 200.

Saturn and the crescent moon at Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Saturn and the crescent moon shine in the dawn twilight with Cape Lookout Lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-120mm f/3-5.6 lens, f/8, 3 seconds, ISO 800.

Duke Chapel

After correcting for vertical perspective distorion.

Venus and crescent moon in twilight sky

Venus and the crescent moon in the dusk twilight sky. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-120 f/3.5-5.6 lens, f/8, 0.8 sec, ISO 800.

James B. Duke statue at twilight

James B. Duke statue at Duke University. Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm lens, f/11, ISO 200, 3-shot HDR blend.

Car light streaks on divided highway

Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24 lens, f/8, 25 seconds, ISO 200 (5 frames stacked)

Transit of Venus

Venus transits the sun

Jupiter and Venus in the twilight sky

Jupiter (top) and Venus shine in the evening twilight sky at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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