The Sky

Full moon rising

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The full moon of 19 July rising over the hills opposite our house at Le Gupole, Tuscany

Canon G3X ISO500 1/20 at f/8 on full zoom



A vivid rainbow with a reflection spans the Val Cerfone near Palazzo Del Pero, Tuscany.

Canon G3X ISO640 1/2000 at f/7.1

Jupiter and the Gallilean moons

My first shot of Jupiter and its four visible moons with the Canon G3X. Impressively clear given the shot is handheld – the IS in the G3X never ceases to amaze. From left to right the moons are Ganymede, Europa, Io(appearing to be touching Jupiter at about nine o’clock) and Callisto.

ISO400 1/30 at f/5.6 on full zoom and cropped/tweaked in LR. Exact timing at GMT+2: 21:30.13

Mercury transit

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Yesterday’s transit of Mercury across the Sun taken during a late afternoon break in the clouds here at Le Gupole. Mercury is the smaller dot to the left; the other mark is a sunspot.

Canon EOS40D with Canon EF 70-200mm lens at 176mm with 3.0 1000x ND filter ISO100 1/8000 at f/18. Handheld shot with the diaphragm  button depressed to reduce the sun’s intensity on my eye!

Timing 2.56 p.m. CEST (UTC+2). Location ~43N 12E



Sunrise over Monte Dogana, Val Cerfone, Tuscany (the view from our house!)

Canon G3X at 8.8mm (24mm equiv) ISO160 1/1600 at f/10 with ND filter enabled

Tuscan sunrise

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Sunrise over the Tuscan hills on our first morning back from Phuket.

Canon G3X ISO 125 1/2000 at f/11

Kamala Dreams

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A final sunset from Kamala beach. Tonight we’re heading back to Italy where apparently it snowed yesterday. Mmm …

Canon G3X ISO 800 1/125 at f/5.6

Kamala Sunset

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Magical sunset yesterday evening at Kamala Beach, Phuket

Canon G3X at 220mm (600mm equiv) ISO500 1/500 at f/6.3

Waning moon

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A waning moon over Kamala, Phuket at eight this morning.

Canon G3X ISO1000 1/2000 at f/8 & 220mm (600mm equiv). Adjusted and cropped in LR

Full Moon Setting

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Full moon going down behind the rainforest trees in Kamala, Phuket at 6.08 this morning.

Canon G3X handheld and set on manual with ISO320 1/640 at f/5.6 and 220mm (600mm equiv). Cropped etc in Lightroom.