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Twilight: A Very New Moon, Mercury, and Oil Platforms

The Moon and Mercury at Twilight : Nokia Lumia 920 The Moon and Mercury at Twilight : Nokia 808 PureView

Photos taken by Ms. Jen this evening at twilight at Huntington Beach, near Tower 22, with her Nokia Lumia 920 (on the left) and her Nokia 808 PureView (on the right).

Mon 02.11.13 – Hello, February 11th. It has been two years. Platforms have been burnt to a crisp, the Arab Spring is still struggling valiantly to free itself from authoritarian rulers, and I am still trying to push the boundaries of camera phone photography.
As for the photos above, I have been hoping to get photos of this past weekend’s Mars and Mercury conjunction on the western horizon just after sunset, but due to Friday’s rain storm we have had clouds on the horizon for the last few days. Today was the first truly clear day and at 5:30pm I got in the car to drive as quickly as possible to a good vantage point with a clear view of the western horizon.
While I could not see Mars, I did see the brand new crescent Moon and Mercury just below it to the left. I did not have my camera phone tripod mount with me, so instead of using the tripod to steady the camera phones as I took these photos with the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia 808 PureView, I wedged them into a gap in the railing over the south end of the Huntington Cliffs to get a more stable photo and a crisp crescent moon.
These photos are a part of my loose on-going series of mild comparisons between the Lumia 920 and the 808 PureView. Tonight was not a true comparison, as the 808 was set to full resolution and infinity focus in creative mode, while the Lumia was set to Automatic and I have yet to figure out if I can change the focus modes on the 920.
On the horizon where the sky meets the ocean from left to right we have on the far left Eureka the Oil Platform, Elly and Ellen, Edith (all on the left by Catalina Island), in the middle right horizon we have Huntington Beach’s near Emma and Eva the Oil Platforms, and finally on the far right is Seal Beach’s Esther, and then in the very far right horizon the line of lights at the edge of the photos is the Port of LA/LB.
Per usual, the Nokia 808 PureView is an amazing camera phone that can achieve clarity and true to life color even in low light, as the photo on the right is true to the color my eyes saw in the twilight. The Lumia 920 still took a great photo from the clarity side of things, but the color is lurid and a bit too candy-ish to what I really saw at the scene. Both phones did a great job at getting the delicate crescent of the new moon in sharp focus. Bravo!
On a completely different note, peace to Egypt and Syria, may they be free of their shackles.