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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sunset, shadows and craters

We arrived at Cinder Lake south of Sunset Crater near Flagstaff Arizona just before sunset and hiked out to the center of Cinder Lake where NASA created an artificial crater field to help train the Apollo astronauts for their missions to the Moon. The long shadows were very reminiscent of the shadows seen by the astronauts while on the Moon since they landed just after local sunrise. In this image, our shadows stretch across one of the artificial craters. Also visible on the horizon on the left is the Sunset Crater volcanic cinder cone which last erupted around 1065 AD. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/320 seconds at f/11, ISO 400.

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