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Birds, Clouds, the Moon, and Venus

Photographer Isaac Gutiérrez Pascual of Spain shot this beautiful photograph of the sky that contains four different subjects: birds, clouds, the Moon, and Venus. It was shot using a Canon 5D and a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. NASA writes,

[…] a crescent Moon and the planet Venus, on the far right, were captured during sunset posing against a deep blue sky. In the foreground, dark storm clouds loom across the image bottom, while a white anvil cloud shape appears above. Black specks dot the frame, caused by a flock of birds taking flight. Very soon after this picture was taken, however, the birds passed by, the storm ended, and Venus and the Moon set.

NASA liked the image so much that it even considered using the photo as a backdrop for a group portrait of the International Space Station crew (they ended up choosing a different one).

(via Isaac GP via APOD)


Image credit: Photograph by Isaac Pascual and used with permission


 
  • http://www.rickynyhoff.com/ Ricky Nyhoff

    I’d be curious to know how much NASA paid him for that. And I’d be appalled if they didn’t.

  • Kenyon

    it looks like a five-year-old’s brain on a sugar high

  • Michael

    This is a true example of being at the right place at the right time, beautiful shot.

  • Tombojombo

    a shot completely killed by cranking the clarity slider. Clarity Kills, leave it alone. 

    Clarity, Not even once. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.worster Steven Alan Worster

     They didn’t use the photo, they just considered it.

  • http://www.kelvynperalta.com/ Kelvyn

    Although it’s a beautiful shot… I must agree with Tombojombo… clarity killed it.  

  • http://www.rickynyhoff.com/ Ricky Nyhoff

    Wonder who took the time to create the image with it and the astronauts then? If it was NASA they still should have paid.  

  • seanlucky

    Nice to see they took such a boring shot of the astronauts to drop in…

  • Isaac GP

    The assembly did and proposed NASA. They did not use my picture finally.

  • Dave

     Maybe. It looks more like (to me anyway) ham handed use of Recovery and Fill, leaving dark halos around the clouds.

  • Westerphoto

    Fantastic, awesome, I love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Duncan/1111692326 Joey Duncan

    Lol the shot NASA used, looks like they “cut” the people out of another shot rather  than properly using a blue/green screen. 

    Given the over editing of this photo, the background clouds being very dark (rather than being lit from the sun like the foreground clouds, and the fact that the birds are a bright black, rather than lit as the foregrounds clouds are… I’m gonna call this one fake. I honestly think there has been too much of that around, even coming from “famous” photographers. 

    Although, I’m not saying I’m wrong either.

  • Truth

    Yet another beautiful photo killed by over-processing. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6A7UCUBXC7CLJVTRW6EWLNZRI4 Dee

    just as John explained I’m in shock that someone can make $9622 in four weeks on the internet. have you seen this webpage !!! Gotoonlinejob.blogspot.in

  • Isaac GP

    Hi, I’m Isaac, the author of the photograph.
    For those who do that kind of strange and destructive comments about whether it is fake or is a montage, some clarifications:- I find it sad and it really hurts when people have the luxury to make a superficial judgment without knowing the subject thoroughly. What is the purpose of the destructive criticism? What’s behind those ideas? Are you looking attention with such comments?- I’m an amateur astronomer. That day was very interesting clouds and I knew this would happen. These days we have great situations with Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars. You can go to the street with your camera and take amazing pictures. Try!- No hdr, no assembly.If you have questions about how I took the photo, write me an email and try to answer you. My email is:  [email protected].
    I also want to thank all those who support me through your mails and highly valued “like”. Without you it’s sometimes impossible. With your support in the gray days appear light rays.

    Thanks.

  • Isaac GP

    Hi, I’m Isaac, the author of the photograph.

    For those who do that kind of strange and destructive comments about whether it is fake or is a montage, some clarifications:-I find it sad and it really hurts when people have the luxury to make a superficial judgment without knowing the subject thoroughly. What is the purpose of the destructive criticism? What’s behind those ideas? Are you looking attention with such comments?-I’m an amateur astronomer. That day was very interesting clouds and I knew this would
    happen. These days we have great situations with Moon, Jupiter, Venus
    and Mars. You can go to the street with your camera and take amazing
    pictures. Try!- No hdr, no assembly.

    If you have questions about how I took the photo, write me an email and try to answer you. My email is:  [email protected].

    I also want to thank all those who support me through your mails and highly valued “like”. Without you it’s sometimes impossible. With your support in the gray days appear light rays.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.thealders.net/blogs Doug Alder

    Ignore them Isaac – just a bunch of wannabe photographers who make up complaints about anyone who does get a good shot. You have an awesome shot there – well done!