Mars At It’s Closest For 15 Years

Firstly, many thanks for Maria Jahn who is a member on my Algarve Photo Fun Facebook Page, without her, I would have forgotten all about tonight.

Mars is at its closet approach to Earth since 2003 and earlier today was the peak of it. Tonight, its bright in the dark sky of the Algarve Hills. Even though it looks close, it’s still 57.6 million kilometers away!

I stepped outside to grab a quick shot of it, and yes I know, its just a red dot in the sky.

Mars shining bright in the Algarve Hills

Milky Way Above The Algarve Hills

Last night at 10:45pm I headed north, deeper into the Algarve Hills to one of my favourite locations, an Abandoned Windmill near Fitos.

This was the time that the Galactic Core of the Milky Way would be visible in the sky. On arrival, I soon realised that I wouldn’t be able to get the shot I had hoped. To get the Windmill in frame, I would have to be lower down the hillside than the height of the windmill. Also, the distant bright lights from the Algarve Coastal Holiday resorts would create a glow. However, as I had made the trek, I decided to get some shots and head back.

Although not what I was hoping for, here is the shot I managed.

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Milky Way Above An Abandoned Windmill In the Algarve Hills
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From the Archives – London After Dark (Video)

Tower Bridge - D7100, AF-S 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 13mm, f/11, ISO100, 1/20sec
Tower Bridge – D7100, AF-S 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 13mm, f/11, ISO100, 1/20sec
Almost 2 years ago to the date I spent a week in London and took advantage of the night time to shoot some Timelapse.

This was the finished video. It was a fun week, I spent most of the time cycling around London on a “Boris” bike with all my camera gear on my back.

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At 2:04, you can see the International Space Station across the top right of Buckingham Palace. This wasn’t planned, it was a total coincidence, it’s the only moving light coming towards the camera. I learnt a lot about timelapse, particularly the construction of the final film that week, and looking forward to creating more of them soon.

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