The thin clouds and contrails made Venus look larger than normal, and by increasing the f-number I was able to add an interesting lens flare around the moon. It looks like an eerie sun in a dark sky. The same principle works for taking photos of Christmas lights, you can really make them pop by adding tiny lens flares around each one. You just have to increase the exposure time to let in more light, and keep the ISO low to reduce noise.
|Single frame Canon T5i ISO 800, 33mm, f/7.1, 6 sec lightened in Photoshop|
Here’s a closer look with Mars sneaking behind the branches of my favorite river birch trees in the backyard. Venus looks huge in the haze.
|Single frame Canon T5i ISO 800, 38mm, f/7.1, 6 sec lightened in Photoshop|
Contrails over the moon for a hazy look, pulled back to get a little more foreground. Not much you can do with the foreground composition here in the backyard.
|Single frame Canon T5i, ISO 800, 22mm, f/8, 20 sec lightened in Photoshop|
|Single frame Canon T5i, ISO 800, 22mm, f/9, 20 sec with porch light on|
|Stack of about 88 frames each at ISO 800, 22mm, f/9, 20 sec|
I guess this is one of my only star trail photos with the moon in it. It’s kinda neat, I normally exclude it and just focus on the stars. Just for overkill here is a timelapse of the stack: