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Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.



2008 May 31
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A View to the Sunset
Credit & Copyright: Stefan Seip (TWAN)

Explanation: Each day on planet Earth can have a dramatic ending as the Sun sets below the colorful western horizon. Often inspiring, or offering a moment for contemplation, a sunset is perhaps the single most photographed celestial event. Did you recognize this as a picture of one? The image actually is a single exposure of the setting Sun recorded near Wasserberg, Germany on May 11. To create the uncommon sunset view the photographer used a digital camera and a zoom lens (a lens with an adjustable focal length). During the 1/6 second long exposure he smoothly changed the focal length while simultaneously rotating the camera, altering the image scale and orientation. The result transforms an objective depiction of nature into an artistic abstraction.
 

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I used to do a lot of stuff like that with 35mm. That gets expensive in a hurry. :shock: That's a good pic. I'll have to fool around with digital.
 

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That's awesome! God is by far the most talented artist going. :D
 

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Lots of good stuff to see in this world if we just look.
 
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