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The Morning Star

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 21 December 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Planet Venus is known as the Morning Star and also sometimes as the Christmas Star because it shines brightly in the night sky in the month of December. This was an image from an early December morning with the first light of dawn warming the horizon.

NIKON D3 6 seconds F/5.0 ISO 640 17 mm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Beautiful image! Thanks for the description.

21 Dec 2010 5:46am

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

Amazing and perfect! ;)

21 Dec 2010 6:33am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A very beautiful photographic work as usual Scott. The small star which sparkles could be the one of Christmas. I like very much.

21 Dec 2010 6:52am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Stunning, why am I not surprised? Absolute proof that getting yourself in the right position works.

21 Dec 2010 7:23am

Maria Draper from California, United States


21 Dec 2010 8:14am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Wonderful evocation of dawn

21 Dec 2010 8:47am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Marvelous ! I love the sparkling effect on the stars.... very beautiful composition also ! Well done, as always Scott ! Have a great day :)

21 Dec 2010 9:07am

guillaume from Paris, France

magnific night shot !

21 Dec 2010 9:50am

H.S. from K, Iran

fabulous scene!

21 Dec 2010 9:57am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Ow wow! Your images are always so well thought out, and so inspiring! Now that my semester is over, I need to change gears and get back outside!!!

21 Dec 2010 2:02pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful festive capture Scott! Well done! ;-)

21 Dec 2010 2:09pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent,so beautiful :)

21 Dec 2010 3:20pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Great image! Is this a twi-night technique?

21 Dec 2010 5:18pm

keith from killarney, Ireland

this is a cool shot love it

21 Dec 2010 5:22pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Beautiful picture, amazing how large those stars (and Venus) look at the shorter end of a lens.

21 Dec 2010 5:34pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is just beautiful, Scott. And I really agree with Tracy, all of your work is so well conceived, beautifully composed, and magnificently conveyed. What a gorgeous scene here and the dawn colors are really complementing this so nicely with that interspersed salmon pink coloring on the clouds in the multiple locations accompanying the "star." I have seen Venus in the mornigs on the way to work and want to catch her but 30, 000 semi's on their way to the Ports of New York and Newark have other ideas for anyone who wants to stoip or slow this is a joy to behold just as the season requests...Wonderful image, Scott...wishing you all the best - I am headed your way for the week!!

21 Dec 2010 5:39pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

ps - I "picked up" on the fractal there, ...I have my other software now, so maybe I can finally use that one you told me about ;-)

21 Dec 2010 5:40pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Fabulous capture of this beautiful tree and sky!

21 Dec 2010 5:51pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Stunning capture of color and light. And I love the silhouetted tree with its fine-shaped canopy. I've got some star gazing to do.....once it warms up. :-)

21 Dec 2010 7:02pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Nice stars...but i like it, great image!

21 Dec 2010 8:33pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

You captured this tree wonderful against the sky Scott! Love the colors and composition in this shot!!

21 Dec 2010 8:44pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Awesome frame Scott, from the composition, to the color, to the capture of Venus and the surrounding stars! Makes getting up at 3 am worth it. I'm glad you were able to capture this!

21 Dec 2010 11:33pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely shot. I hope you got some photos of the eclipse last night. I went out at 2:15 to see it for a minute, but was too sleepy (lazy) to take photos.

21 Dec 2010 11:37pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


22 Dec 2010 1:06am

steve loos from hollister, United States

Scott; this is one of my favorite images of yours! The framing, lighting and color are fantastic! How did you create the starbursts? I have an astro program that I used to use to do this on astro images; very nice.

22 Dec 2010 3:57am

@steve loos: Steve, thanks. I created a diffraction pattern brush tool to add a bit of pop to the stars - very similar to what the astro programs do to create diffraction patterns on the stars, but I do it manually on each star with the brush tool.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful photo with excellent focus and exposure to capture the stars! the tree silhouette towers nicely over the landscape as well!

22 Dec 2010 4:01am


really nice shot

22 Dec 2010 5:47am

Hooman from Mashhad, Iran

very fantastic and nice shot...

22 Dec 2010 8:06am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

very nice.

22 Dec 2010 4:47pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

You had a wonderful sky to showcase the star.

23 Dec 2010 12:05am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic! Great capture!

23 Dec 2010 10:24am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

This is really excellent photo - such a well managed light of sky, wonderful stars and beautiful composition for presenting that.

23 Dec 2010 10:52am

Julie from Easton, United States

An amazing shot! The stars twinkling, the silhouettes and the beautiful colored sky! Just wonderful to look at!

23 Dec 2010 1:35pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


24 Dec 2010 5:21pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Wonderful Christmas image. Subtle and beautiful, and perfect composition.

28 Dec 2010 4:20am